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Breaking Down HB 107 – Texting/Hands Free

Posted June 28th, 2019

Texting and Driving flier

Starting July 1, 2019, the amended HB 107
(Texting/Hands Free) Bill will go into effect. There are many facets that can be confusing, so we’re breaking it down a bit here. Ultimately, keeping your wireless devices out of your hands while driving is the best and safest way to drive!

Effective July 1, 2019, law enforcement in the State of Florida will have authority to make a traffic stop based on the observation that a driver is using wireless
communication devices to text while the vehicle is in
motion. This will now be a first offense instead of
secondary as it previously has been.
(Using a navigation program is allowed.)
From July 1 through September 30, 2019, only warnings will be issued. Starting October 1, 2019, citations can be given, which will be a moving violation.

Effective October 1, 2019, drivers cannot use wireless communication devices in a handheld manner in active school or work zones. (Must be “hands-free”, such as Bluetooth or on speaker.) This includes
navigation as well. There should be NO wireless device in the hands of a driver in work zones where workers are present or school zones.
From October 1 through December 31, 2019, only warnings will be given. Starting January 1, 2020, citations can be given, which will be a moving violation.

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