Few texting-while-driving citations issued since law passed - FOX 13 News

Few texting-while-driving citations issued since law passed

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's against the law to text and drive in Florida, but law enforcement is catching very few people.

Here in the nine-county Tampa Bay area, just 109 citations were issued. Across the state, the number is just 803 since the new law took effect back in October.

Despite the small numbers, the Florida Highway Patrol says the law is still having an impact.

"There are many people who are more cognizant, not only because there's a law, but the huge media wave," says FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

He tells FOX 13 one of the major reason there are so few citations is because the new law is a secondary violation, which means a driver must be doing something else wrong, in addition to texting to be pulled over.

Here's a breakdown of the numbers if you'd like to check the county where you live: content.foxtvmedia.com/wtvt/html/misc/TextingDrivingSpreadsheet.xlsx

 

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