No, you cannot operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or texting or emailing on a wireless device, or while sending or reading data on such a device. This law was created to prevent car accidents resulting from texting while driving. Law enforcement officers can stop motor vehicles and issue citations as a primary offense to people who are texting while driving.[1] “Primary offense” means a law enforcement officer can stop your vehicle if they suspect you are violating this law even if you aren’t violating any other traffic laws (such as speeding or reckless driving).

 

[1] § 316.305, Fla. Stat., known as the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law”, as recently amended during the 2019 Legislative session