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Florida’s wireless communication while driving ban takes effect today.

Wesley Chapel Drivers: Texting, messaging, facebooking, and other forms of intrapersonal communication while driving is illegal.

Starting today, a first offense will be punishable by a fine, with a second costing double up to $100+. Court costs and fees also would apply, and points will be added to licenses. The law takes effect July 1, but only warnings will be given until January, when officers can begin writing citations.

The texting ban does not apply to a driver using a navigation device or system or to a driver whose vehicle is stationary.

The new law will also ban the use of any handheld wireless communications devices (even talking on the phone) in school and construction zones.

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