Texting citations will increase after grace period
SUNCOAST (SNN) - In the first 10 weeks, Florida's ban on texting has resulted in 1,000 citations and warnings.
Through mid-September, Florida Highway Patrol had issued 438 written warnings for texting. FHP and all law enforcement agencies have issued 542 tickets.
The state's ban on texting-while-driving went into effect on July 1st, when it became a primary offense. Since 2013, texting while driving had been a secondary offense, meaning it could be enforced only after cops had another reason for stopping a motorist. Florida is among the last states to implement a primary texting ban.
Beginning Oct. 1, an additional part of the law kicks-in, barring drivers from having a wireless device in their hands in a school or construction zone.