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State of Florida Makes Texting while Driving a Primary Offense

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed into law House Bill 107 (CS/HB 107: Wireless Communications While Driving) which makes texting while driving a primary traffic offense. The law went into effect Monday, July 1, 2019. The new law also bans the use of any handheld wireless communications devices in school and construction zones. However, the texting ban does not apply to a driver using a navigation device or system or to a driver whose vehicle is stationary.
 
According to statistics by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 50,190 distracted driving crashes in the state of Florida in 2017.  The law is intended to make Florida streets safer, helping to prevent accidents stemming from distractions caused by texting or browsing through mobile devices.  
 
There is currently a "Don't Text and Drive" commercial running on Channel 663.  To view Channel 663, visit: Channel 663
 
Furthermore, residents are encouraged to visit the Florida's Pedestrian & Bicycle Focused Initiative item on the Town website. The initiative aims to increase awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists on roadways at night and other times of low light, like dusk.

Be safe, be smart, and be responsible.