Under the new proposed law, texting and driving shall be considered illegal and will be classified as a "secondary offense." This means that law enforcement officers cannot use texting while driving as a basis to stop a driver behind the wheel. However, in the event that a driver is pulled over for a “primary offense,” such as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, or violating right of way, she or he can be cited for texting while driving. Florida is one of 41 states that have made texting and driving illegal. In addition, Florida has joined four other states in making texting while driving as a “secondary offense” rather than a “primary offense.”
First time offenders faces a $30.00 fine, while a second offense will double to $60.00. In certain circumstances, court fees may apply.
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