Car Accident Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL Provides an Overview of the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law
Every car accident attorney in St. Petersburg and across Florida is keenly aware that texting while driving is an inherently dangerous activity that presents a serious risk to the safety of drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It is therefore a welcome development that the Florida legislature recently enacted a prohibition against texting while driving as a means of improving roadway safety. The law that it passed – called the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law – authorizes state law enforcement to issue citations to those who are caught in the act of texting while driving. An interesting aspect of the law is that it only makes texting while driving a “secondary offense,” meaning you can’t be pulled over and cited if texting while driving is the only offense that the law enforcement officer witnessed. The officer must have at least one other justification for pulling you over, such as a belief that you are speeding or driving while intoxicated.
Just about any car accident attorney also knows that Florida’s ban on texting while driving isn’t an absolute prohibition against using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. For example, it is still legal in Florida to talk on a cell phone while you’re driving; to receive messages (even text messages) relating to traffic conditions and roadway safety; and to use the device for navigational purposes. Exempt from the ban are law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services professionals, and operators of authorized emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and rescue vehicles.
For more information about the recently enacted ban on texting while driving in Florida, please contact a car accident attorney at Reeder & Nussbaum, P.A. in St. Petersburg, FL today.