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What you need to know about the new texting and driving law

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It's almost time to stash away cell phones. Florida's texting and driving law goes into effect on Tuesday.

The law's goal is simple: to keep Florida's roads safe. But some argue the new texting law has some typos. Texting alone won't get you pulled over. It's a secondary offense.

Drivers have to be in violation of another law first, like speeding.

Not every function on your phone is forbidden. Drivers can still use phones for music, navigation apps, or to pick up a call.

The law also states you can still text or email when you're stopped at a red light.

The fines vary from county to county. In Hillsborough County, the total cost would be $103. The county provided the following breakdown:

Cost of a Non-Moving Violation:

  • $30.00        318.18(2)                         Base Fine
  • $18.00        318.18(11)a                     Court Costs
  • $2.50          318.18(11)c                     Criminal Justice Education
  • $3.00          318.18(11)d-983.01         Local Court Cost Clearing - State
  • $2.00          318.18(11)d-938.15         Local Law Enforcement Education
  • $20.00        318.18(13)(a)-CO 04-26  Court Facilities Fund
  • $12.50        318.18(18)                       Admin Fee
  • $5.00          318.12(15)-CO 04-43      Dori Slosberg ED Act
  • $10.00        318.18(19)(a),(b),(c)  Article V/States Courts Revenue Trust Fund


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