Police Write Hundreds of Citations to Texting Drivers in Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, FL- Texting and driving is officially against the law in Florida, according to WPTV.COM. The state’s grace period ended, and rather than warning violating motorists, police are now issuing tickets. Officers began writing tickets at the start of the New Year. In the first month of enforcement, South Florida’s police have issued hundreds of citations.*
One officer stated that he had written about 300 citations for this particular violation. The officer commended lawmakers for passing the legislation and commented that he sees drivers who are unable to maintain their lanes, nearly causing crashes, all because people choose to look at their phones rather than the roadway. The issue is serious, and in many cases, can be a matter of life and death.
For just the month of January, records indicate that 115 drivers in Palm Beach County and Indian River County have been cited. Drivers ticketed for texting and driving will face $30 fines and court fees for a first-time offense. The fine doubles for second offenses.
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