On Tuesday, Florida becomes the 41st state to ban texting while driving, but the state’s version is one of the weakest in the nation.
Ron Richardson, said, "I hope we can do better and as time goes on, we will.”
Police can’t stop you just for texting; you have to also have committed another crime.
A first offense will cost you $30. And unless there is a fatal accident or injury, police can’t search your phone records. Still after five years of trying, sponsor Doug Holder is happy to finally have something on the books.
Holder said, "It’s been a lot of hard work. But, it’s been a good effort on everyone’s part for everyone on the team.
Lawmakers also refused to fund an anti texting campaign, but the Florida Highway Patrol is using existing resources to get the word out.
Capt. Nancy Rasmussen of Flordia Highway Patrol said, "We’re going to be out there, its just another statute we’re going to be looking for, so if we see somebody texting and driving we will pull them over and stop that behavior.”
Driver’s Ed instructor Ron Richardson says regardless of the laws weaknesses, it will be a great teaching lesson for students.
Rasmussen also said, “It gives me extra information, be able to let them know distracted driving, which this is really about, they need to understand they need to be completely focused 100-percent of the time when they’re behind the wheel.”
A second offense will cost motorists sixty dollars. Getting in a crash will add six points to your license.
The law goes into effect October 1st.