New Florida Law Bans Interstate Truck Drivers from Texting or Calling on Hand-held Devices

Starting July 1, 2013,  truck drivers and commercial vehicle drivers (bus drivers) will face hefty fines if they talk or text on hand-held devices in Florida.  Not only will the drivers face fines, the companies they work for will also be subject penalties. The new law makes using hand-held devices a primary offense, which means officers can stop drivers who are texting or talking, a stronger violation than the state’s new law which bans texting while driving for all motorists, and is a secondary offense.  However this new law doesn’t restrict the use of Bluetooth or other devices that aren’t hand-held.

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Wayne Hogan

Wayne Hogan

Wayne Hogan, a Jacksonville native, has been with the firm since 1977. He graduated from Florida State University, where he received both his bachelor’s and J.D. degrees. He specializes in all areas of personal injury law. In addition to participating in many professional associations, he and his wife, Pat, are also actively involved in the community.