Florida’s lawmakers passed a bill restricting drivers from texting while behind the wheel, reported Orlando Sentinel.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill, which is to go into effect on Monday. Under the bill texting while driving will become a primary offense and would allow law enforcement officers to pull drivers over specifically for using their phones. The fine for the offense is $30 for the first time and $60 for the repeated ones. Yet, up until January 2020 drivers will be only given warnings.
“This law makes Florida roads safer and I am proud to give law enforcement the ability to more proactively enforce safe driving,” said DeSantis. “Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors and it is every driver’s responsibility to help ensure we all get home safely.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website