Texting while driving ban in effect
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The new texting while driving ban went into effect in Florida, Tuesday.
For many drivers it's uncontrollable to text while driving. "Most of the time, when I'm in the car, my friends will be texting while driving, and you have to tell them, 'Please, put your phone away,'" said Gunnar Sturman, who agrees with the ban.
Starting on Tuesday, if you text and drive, you could be fined. The new law is banning texting and driving in Florida. "Texting causes accidents. Florida is very congested with traffic, so your attention should be focused on the road," said Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Tom Sheridan.
Drivers cannot get pulled over just for texting. However, Sheridan explains, "basically, it's a secondary infraction, so if you witnessed someone that is speeding and changing lanes and not wearing their seat belts, and you observe that they are texting, we can issue a citation for that. The first infraction is a $30 fine."
Lawmakers said the ban is the first step outlawing texting and driving altogether. "Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause death than a DUI," said Delray Beach Senator Maria Sachs (Dem.-FL).
There are times drivers are allowed to look at their phones while in their cars. Drivers are allowed to text on a red light. They can talk on the phone while driving, read text messages with addresses, check maps, GPS and use voice commands, like Siri on Apple iPhones.
"I think it's a good law, and I think a lot of people don't realize how dangerous texting and driving is," said Sturman.
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