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Friday, Apr 25, 2014

Texting while driving among new Florida laws


TALLAHASSSEE — It’s becoming illegal to text and drive in the state of Florida.

State legislators this spring passed the texting while driving ban but it does not take effect until Tuesday.

The ban is one of more than two dozen laws passed by state legislators scheduled to kick in.

Other new laws taking effect include one that guarantees the public a right to speak at meetings being held by city and county governments.

Another new law bans welfare recipients from using electronic benefit transfer or EBT cards at “adult entertainment establishments” such as strip clubs and casinos.

Florida is joining 40 other states with a ban on texting while driving.

The law makes it a secondary offense which means police have to first stop drivers for another offense.