Using Cell Phones

What is the law on texting and driving in Florida?

 

The “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law” authorizes law enforcement officers to stop motor vehicles and issue citations as a secondary offense, drivers must be stopped for a separate alleged traffic violation before being ticketed for texting while driving.

 

What is the fine for texting and driving? 

 

 The first violation is $30.00, the second violation is $60.00 and will add 3 points to your driving record, accumulation of points can result in the suspension of your driver license, see point suspension.

 

Can I text in my car while it is parked or if I am at a red light or stuck in traffic?

 

Yes.

 

What is the law regarding CDL drivers using handheld communication devices while driving?

Effective July 1, 2013 Florida Statute 316.3025(6) prohibits a driver that is operating a commercial motor vehicle from texting or using a handheld mobile telephone. Both the driver and company may be assessed a civil penalty for these violations. FS 316.3025(6) only applies to drivers that are operating a commercial motor vehicle,not that the driver is a commercial driver license holder.
 

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