texting http://wlrn.org en Local Police Gear Up To Enforce Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban http://wlrn.org/post/local-police-gear-enforce-floridas-new-texting-while-driving-ban <p>As Florida&#39;s texting while driving ban goes into effect, local police officers are still figuring out the best way to enforce the new law.</p><p>&quot;This is something new to all of us,&quot; said&nbsp;Freddy Cruz, a sergeant with the City of Miami Police Department. &quot;This is going to be quite a challenge, but from an educational standpoint, we have to educate the public on the dangers [of texting while driving].</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:44:48 +0000 Wilson Sayre 21499 at http://wlrn.org Local Police Gear Up To Enforce Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban Florida's Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Amid New Effort To Strengthen It http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-texting-while-driving-ban-takes-effect-amid-new-effort-strengthen-it <p>Florida's new law banning texting while driving went into effect on October 1.</p><p>Governor Rick Scott signed SB 52 into law back in May, making Florida the 41st state to ban texting while driving. To some, though, the law does not go far enough.</p><p>The brunt of the new law is meant to deter drivers from sending or reading text messages. But it bans pretty much anything that requires "manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters." So no emailing, searching the Internet, or dialing a phone number.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Wilson Sayre 21418 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Amid New Effort To Strengthen It Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Oct. 1 http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-new-texting-while-driving-ban-takes-effect-oct-1 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It&#39;s official. No more texting and driving in the state of Florida.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott was in South Florida on Tuesday to sign SB 52, legislation championed by Sen. Nancy </span>Detert (R-Venice)<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for the last four years.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:50:10 +0000 Arianna Prothero & Rick Stone 14787 at http://wlrn.org Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Oct. 1 This Week's Florida Roundup: Hurricanes, Texting And Driving, And Education Policy http://wlrn.org/post/weeks-florida-roundup-hurricanes-texting-and-driving-and-education-policy <p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Marva Hinton 15004 at http://wlrn.org This Week's Florida Roundup: Hurricanes, Texting And Driving, And Education Policy Texting While Driving And Other Sins Of Florida's Drivers http://wlrn.org/post/texting-while-driving-and-other-sins-floridas-drivers <p></p><p>Florida is <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/state-laws.html">one of only 11 states</a> that does not prohibit texting while driving.&nbsp; Though state legislators have already<a href="http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/push-renewed-for-florida-ban-on-texting-while-driv/nTj47/"> introduced 3 texting ban bills</a> for the upcoming session, similar bills have failed in the past several years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 8402 at http://wlrn.org Texting While Driving And Other Sins Of Florida's Drivers