The Wireless Communication While Driving bill has been signed into law in Florida by Governor Ron DeSantis.
The new law, effective January 1, 2020, allows law enforcement officers to stop drivers simply for texting alone. Currently, they can only cite drivers for texting if they are pulled over for another violation.
“Using wireless communication devices while driving is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors as it takes your hands off the wheel, eyes off the road and mind off driving,” said Terry L. Rhodes, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. “The Wireless Communications While Driving Law will undoubtedly make the state’s roadways safer and I applaud the Governor and Legislature for their dedication to this effort.
“The department also sincerely appreciates the efforts of our law enforcement partners, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association, for their assistance in bringing this initiative to fruition.”