Although Florida finally implemented a texting while driving ban, Florida police are finding it difficult to enforce. That’s because as the law now stands, it is only a secondary offense, meaning drivers can only be ticketed if they’re pulled over for another violation first.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that they have issued a little less than 400 tickets across the entire state for texting while driving. but many of those tickets were not issued in Northeast Florida. Of those 400, only 14 were in Duval County, 2 in St. Johns County, and 1 in Nassau County.
Meanwhile, drivers report a high incidence ( 7 out of 10) drivers observed texting while driving.
It is time for the Florida Legislature to make it a primary offense. Your and your loved ones’ safety depends on it.