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Updated: 9/30/2013 11:54 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The so-called "Florida Ban On Texting While Driving Law" goes into effect Tuesday.

It makes typing or reading texts or emails illegal while driving. But the new law will let you text if your car is stationary. So if you're stopped in heavy traffic or at a red light, feel free to type away.

Emergency vehicles and law-enforcement officers are exempt from the new law, as is anyone reporting an emergency or criminal activity. You're also allowed to receive messages related to navigation, weather or traffic.

Police cannot pull you over just for texting behind the wheel, but officers can add to your fine if they stop you for another violation. Only in a crash resulting in death or injuries can police check your phone records to see if you were texting. Talk-to-text features will remain legal while driving.

Fines will be $30 for the first offense and $60 for an additional offense within five years.
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Sammie - 10/1/2013 12:58 PM
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What's the use of having a law where you have exemptions? Cops can talk to their wives and/or kids while they are on call...and the rest of us can't! NOBODY, should be allowed to text and drive!!!! Unfortunately, You won't even get pulled over unless you're breaking some other law! I don't get it....I hate sitting behind some dimwit at a traffic signal while they are texting! You know they never look up until you blow the horn at them! And, really...$30 first fine and $60 there within 5 years? Wow!!! Action News, this isn't even a so-called "Florida Ban On Texting While Driving Law"...it's another joke!

Fred Thompson - 10/1/2013 6:10 AM
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Texting/twittering behind the wheel is causing more and more fatalities than inebreated driving now of days.Out law it all together next time'NO EXCEPTIONS!
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