Florida drivers can now be pulled over for texting while driving.

Starting July 1, 2019 motorists in the state can be stopped and cited for using a phone behind the wheel.

“This law makes Florida roads safer and I am proud to give law enforcement the ability to more proactively enforce safe driving,” said Governor Ron 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.”

The first violation for drivers is a non-moving offense with no points assessed to the driver’s record. The second violation is a moving violation with three points assessed to the driver’s record.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are expected to issue warnings for texting and driving through December 31, 2019, to provide drivers with additional education of the new law.

“Distracted driving puts us all at risk on the road,” added Senator Wilton Simpson. “Put your phone down when you get behind the wheel. There is no message worth a life.”

For more information on the new The Wireless Communications While Driving Law visit flhsmv.gov/focusondriving.