New law goes into effect for Florida that bans texting while driving. Hopeful that this will deter the habitual texters and cause them to put their phones down while behind the wheel, the law punishes drivers who text while the car is in motion.
The law bans manual texting only while driving, but allows it for drivers stopped in traffic or at traffic lights.
And it's a "secondary" offense, meaning a driver would have to be pulled over for some other violation, like careless driving, to get a texting ticket.
A first offense ticket comes with a $30 fine plus court costs and that rises to $60 for a second offense.
Michelle Farber Ross