Cell Phone Use Now Illegal in Work Zones in Florida
FLORIDA- New-journalonline.com writes that a new law is already in effect, but on January 1 of this year, anyone holding a cell phone while driving in a work zone or an active school zone will be fined. In the meantime, violating drivers will be issued a warning. A driver who violates the new traffic law will be facing a $60 ticket as well as 3 points against their driver's license.*
The law does not just prohibit texting or talking on a phone; it prohibits having the phone in your hand when driving through these protected zones. The law is designed to protect some of the most vulnerable users of the road. Children are notoriously unpredictable and not always cautious around vehicles, and construction workers are often on the road in areas that are difficult to navigate. Accidents in construction zones are common, and it is often the workers who suffer harm.
The law makes holding a handheld a non-criminal offense. Florida has been working to make stricter traffic laws in the state. The law follows another traffic law that went into effect in July and makes texting and driving officially illegal.
Distracted driving is known to be dangerous and has become one of the leading causes of serious traffic accidents. Smartphones have been the biggest culprit when it comes to distracted driving. Nearly everyone has a cellphone these days, and we are so used to staying connected that we often think nothing of looking at a phone to read text messages. The reality is that these phones take our attention away from the road for longer than we think. And a vehicle accident can happen in the blink of an eye.
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