Section 316.305 of the Florida Statutes, goes into effect on July 1, 2019. This new law states motorists can be stopped and cited for texting and driving. On October 1, 2019, the second part of the law, section 316.306, Florida Statutes, goes into effect. This section of the law prohibits the use of a wireless communications device in a handheld manner while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or active work zone area. The law provides for enforcement only by a warning from October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, after which a person may be issued a citation. Violators commit a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation, that includes a base $60 fine, not including court costs or other fees, and will have 3 points assessed against the driver license.
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