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Updated: 10/02/2013 7:14 pm
YULEE, Fla. -- Nassau County officers are on the lookout for people who are texting and driving.

And even though you can't get pulled over for just texting, you can get pulled over for swerving in and out of lanes.

Deputy Charity Rose sees it all too often, where people are not paying attention to the road and are typing away on their cellphones.

"We ask them why they're not able to maintain a lane and they say 'I was texting and not paying attention,'" said Rose.

It's an excuse drivers can no longer get away with, since it is now illegal to text and drive.

That means drivers caught texting and driving can face fines.

But texting and driving is a secondary offense ... meaning you have to be pulled over for another traffic violation to get a ticket for texting.

"Officers will be looking for someone who is carelessly driving, not maintaining a lane, speeding," said Rose.

Drivers say they're not taking any chances with the new law.

"That's why I'm on the side of the road now trying to read a text message from my employee telling me they can't work this morning," said driver Gordon Mullis.

Mullis said he thinks the law is good for drivers, but questions how difficult it will be to enforce.

"It's going to be tough, but worth it in the long run," said Mullis.

Deputy Rose says it's not as difficult as people think.

Officers just have to be on the lookout for warning signs.

She says the first couple of days, she is going to give out warnings to educate drivers instead of handing out tickets.

If you're behind the wheel, it is legal to speak into your phone to form a text.

The law allows drivers to text if they are stopped at a red light or stuck in heavy traffic.

The first fine for texting and driving is 30 bucks plus court costs; every additional offense from there is $60 plus court costs.
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RetiredJSO - 10/3/2013 7:33 AM
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Realchange The information you are refering to is never admissable in court unless the person on trial is being tried as a habitual violator.

Truthseeker - 10/3/2013 4:35 AM
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Realchange, you may want to look up the meaning of the term, 'non sequitur".

Realchange - 10/3/2013 1:20 AM
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Please keep in mind it is still ok for police to text and drive and cause an accident. Peons need to mind their place. After all if police officer makes bad judgment call they are immune from prosecution in this state. Only in Fla do you have people like Corey hiding a thug's criminal violent activity to try to prosecute someone. Why she is still walking around as prosecutor in Jax is beyond me. She and Judge Nelson should both be jailed for lying under oath and covering up a persons background that would support a self defense claim.
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