In Florida, texting while driving is already banned. However, police were not yet citing drivers with official tickets. Instead, drivers had a six-month grace period that lasted until January 1, 2020. Law enforcement officials have been giving drivers warning tickets for texting while driving. Previously, police officers were not allowed to pull over a driver for texting while driving, but could cite a driver if they stopped the driver for another infraction. The law changed in July, allowing the police to stop vehicles for texting alone, but extended a grace period in which they will issue only verbal or written warnings. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, they issued about 1,087 warnings from July 1, 2019 through December 19, 2019. An additional 1,220 citations were issued throughout Florida by other law enforcement agencies. Now, drivers will be issued actual citations rather than warnings. Fines for a first.
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