On Friday, speaking from Sarasota, Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/HB 107: Wireless Communications While Driving. The law authorizes the enforcement of texting while driving as a primary offense.
Additionally, the bill specifies that a person may not use a handheld wireless communications device while driving in a designated sensitive area such as a school crossing, school zone, or work zone area while workers are present or operating equipment.
“Throughout our state, we’ve seen far too many accidents where passengers are killed or severely injured as a result of distracted drivers,” said Governor DeSantis. “This bill gives law enforcement the ability to better enforce distractions behind the wheel. We cannot prevent all accidents on our roadways, but it is our hope that by taking action to address distractions today, we might be able to prevent a tragedy tomorrow.”
Co-introducer, Representative Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa), representing District 60 said, “I want to thank Governor DeSantis and Senator Simpson for their support and dedication to making this law a reality.
“As a mother, the safety of our children and our communities is paramount. This bill is about saving lives by preventing accidents caused by texting while driving among other distractions on our roads.”
The law takes effect on July 1.