Those of us who, admittedly, reach for our cellphones while driving are going to be in for a rude awakening.
Starting today, the ban on texting while driving — which the Florida legislature passed this spring — goes into effect.
The texting ban, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in May, covers tablet computers as well as mobile phones, but exempts drivers using talk-to-text technology. A subsequent violation within five years adds three points to the driver's license and carries a $60 fine.
The law allows drivers to text while stopped at a red light, and will be a secondary offense, meaning police have to first stop drivers for another offense.
So while police must have another reason to pull drivers over — similar to the seat belt ban when it was first enacted — they certainly will be on the lookout for drivers who are texting while driving.
Will the ban prompt you to put your phone down while driving, or will you just be more careful when sending that text? Or are you a careful driver who hasn't texted while driving all along?
Tell us in the comments below.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.