What if You Need to Call 911?

The reporting of an emergency or criminal or suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities is one of the exceptions to this law.

What Will Happen if You Get into a Car Accident?

In the event of a crash resulting in death or personal injury, the billing records for your wireless communications device, or the testimony of or written statements from appropriate authorities receiving such messages, may be admissible as evidence in any proceeding to determine if you were texting while driving in violation of the law at…

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Does This Law Apply if Your Car is Stopped?

Good question. In general, a person is considered to be “operating” a motor vehicle simply by being in actual physical control of the vehicle, whether it is moving or not. But for purposes of this law, a motor vehicle that is stationary is not being operated and is therefore not subject to the prohibitions of…

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Can You Text While You are Driving a Car?

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…

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What is the Punishment for Violating this Law?

A violation of the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law is a noncriminal traffic infraction punishable as a nonmoving violation. However, a second or subsequent violation within 5 years after the date of a prior violation is punishable as a moving violation. Any violation of the new law (§316.306, Fla. Stat.) is a noncriminal…

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Are There Any Other Limitations on the Use of Wireless Devices While Driving?

In 2019, a new law [1] was implemented which prohibits using a wireless communications device (defined to include without limitation a cell phone, tablet, laptop, two-way messaging device or electronic game that is used or capable of being used in a handheld manner) in a handheld manner in any school crossing, school zone or work…

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