Beginning October 1, 2013, Florida joins 39 other states that have passed texting while driving bans.
The new law comes with a $30 penalty for those who are caught texting and driving as a secondary offense. Of the forty states with texting bans, fewer than five allow the violation as a secondary offense. Florida is one of the five. A driver cannot be stopped for the sole act of texting while driving. The driver can only be pulled over by law enforcement if he or she has committed another driving violation. Only then can a ticket be issued for breaking the new law.
Source: Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles