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Warnings to start being issued for texting and driving in Florida on Tuesday

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 13:04:24-04

Starting Tuesday, drivers will be required to put down cellphones at school crossings, school zones, and active work zones across Florida.

A new portion of Florida's ban on texting and driving goes into effect on Oct. 1.

The handheld use of cellphones, tablets, laptops, and electronic games is illegal if you're driving through a school crossing, school zone, or active work zone where workers are present and visible.

From Oct. 1 through the end of the year, police will pull drivers over and give out warnings about the new law. Tickets won't be issued until Jan. 1, 2020.

The first violation will cost you $30, along with any court or associated fees.

The only exceptions will be if you're using your device to report an emergency, using your phone's navigation system, or checking emergency, traffic, or weather alerts.

To read more details about Florida's texting and driving ban, click here.