TAMPA, Fla. - Florida's law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers of a new set of rules that will soon take effect as part of Florida's texting-while-driving law.
Starting Oct. 1, school and work zones will be "hands-free."
"Got to put that phone down," said Officer Roy Paz, with the Tampa Police Department's traffic unit. "You can't be on it whatsoever."
Under the current texting-while-driving law, drivers are allowed to hold their phones while making a call or use it for navigation purposes. However, starting Oct. 1, drivers traveling through school or work zones can't have a phone in their hands at all.
The only exception would be to make a 911 call.
Warnings will be issued from Oct. 1 until the end of the year.
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, drivers who break the law be cited, with fines starting at $166 for a primary offense.