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DeSantis signs bill making texting and driving a primary offense

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) - Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new bill into law Friday aimed at cracking down on texting and driving.

The new bill makes texting and driving a primary offense in Florida. Before now, it was only a secondary offense - meaning law enforcement couldn't pull you over for that alone. 

DeSantis says that will change this summer. Starting July 1, police will be able to pull drivers over if they see them texting behind the wheel.

The governor signed the new bill into law during a visit to Sarasota High School, along with Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez. Rep. Jackie Toledo of Tampa and Sen. Wilton Simpson were also at the ceremony. Toledo introduced one of two bills this session aimed at cracking down on texting and driving.

8 On Your Side's Victoria Price recently did an investigation into distracted driving. She found out from Florida Highway Patrol that distracted driving accounts for more than a thousand crashes every week.


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