New texting and driving laws


photo by Kaysa Flemk-Joli

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles implemented a new law for all licensed drivers, which prevents any use of a handheld device while driving in school and work zones on Oct. 1.

The first part of the law was passed on July 1, preventing drivers from texting while driving. Before this new law was passed it was only illegal to text while driving, but now any use of a cell phone will result in consequences.

“Wireless communication devices can only be used in a hands-free manner when driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or active work zone area in Fla,” the Department said on their website

According to a Tampa Bay Times reporter, by Oct. 1., the use of a cellphone in any manner will result in getting pulled over.

Drivers will be issued with a warning until Jan. 1, 2020 and will be cited for any use of wireless communication devices in any manner, such as texting, calling and navigation.

“This new law will make driving in school zones safer, by reducing distractions. Hopefully drivers will be educated on this new law too,” Officer O’sullivan said.