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Texting while driving exceptions

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Updated: 9/30/2013 11:54 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The so-called "Florida Ban On Texting While Driving Law" goes into effect Tuesday.

It makes typing or reading texts or emails illegal while driving. But the new law will let you text if your car is stationary. So if you're stopped in heavy traffic or at a red light, feel free to type away.

Emergency vehicles and law-enforcement officers are exempt from the new law, as is anyone reporting an emergency or criminal activity. You're also allowed to receive messages related to navigation, weather or traffic.

Police cannot pull you over just for texting behind the wheel, but officers can add to your fine if they stop you for another violation. Only in a crash resulting in death or injuries can police check your phone records to see if you were texting. Talk-to-text features will remain legal while driving.

Fines will be $30 for the first offense and $60 for an additional offense within five years.
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