Did You Get Message on Texting Ban?
Starting Oct. 1, it will be against the law to drive and text in the state of Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports. But some lawmakers are worried drivers won’t realize the ban has kicked in, since Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1 million in funding for a public safety campaign to promote the law. Florida law-enforcement officials say they’re not going to have a warning period to let drivers get used to the new law, as some states have; on the other hand, those worried about texting and driving say Florida’s law is a lot weaker than most states’ because it isn’t a pull-over offense; drivers can be cited for it only if they were pulled over for something else.
Starting Oct. 1, texting while driving will be illegal in Florida, but absent state funding to promote the law, efforts to get the public up to speed with the changes could be spotty. Digital boards along the state's highways will light up Thursday, Oct. 1 and Oct.