Motorists in Florida are being reminded they can now be stopped and cited for holding a phone while driving.

As of January 1, 2020, anyone caught texting and driving or holding a wireless device in a designated school crossing, school zone, or active work zone will be issued with a ticket.

The new law came into effect in the summer but until the start of the new year drivers were only issued with a warning.

“As a new year begins, I am proud to give law enforcement the ability to fully enforce the Wireless Communications While Driving law,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“All drivers should be completely focused on the road in order for everyone to arrive at their destinations safely.”

Since July 1 – when the Wireless Communications While Driving Law became effective – until December 30, 2019, Florida Highway Patrol issued 1,087 warnings for texting and driving.

The statewide Put It Down: Focus on Driving campaign aims to raise awareness of and encourage compliance with the new law.