Floridians – DO NOT TEXT WHILE DRIVING! And You Cannot Text While Driving on Three Upcoming New Turnpikes!

Floridians – DO NOT TEXT WHILE DRIVING! And You Cannot Text While Driving on Three Upcoming New Turnpikes!
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As described in Governor DeSantis’ May 17, 1019 press release:

Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/HB 107: Wireless Communications While Driving. The law authorizes the enforcement of texting while driving as a primary offense. Additionally, the bill specifies that a person may not use a handheld wireless communications device while driving in a designated sensitive area such as a school crossing, school zone, or work zone area while workers are present or operating equipment.

For those who cannot get enough of statutes, here is the formal legislative history and the statute – Chapter 2019-44.

So, when you enter Florida’s state borders stop texting while you are driving. Now. And forever. (Do not e-mail either.) By the way…No one should be texting and driving while crossing into Florida from Georgia 1 or Alabama 2.

And, furthermore, “you” had better not text on Florida’s three upcoming highway connectors.

To consult with an experienced distracted driving lawyer today, call 855-686-6752

As described in Governor DeSantis’ separate May 17, 1019 press release:

Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/SB 7068: Transportation. This bill establishes three regional task forces to study Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance Programs within the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which will be the state’s most significant infrastructure-building project since the 1950’s. While these corridors are to address rural infrastructure needs across the state, the corridor task forces will stress collaboration and will be modeled after the Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429), which created much-needed regional road infrastructure while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River.

The Governor goes on to note:

The signing of this bill immediately authorizes the creation of task forces that will focus on the advancement of construction in three identified infrastructure corridors. They are listed below:

    • Southwest-Central Florida Connector (Collier County to Polk County)
    • Suncoast Connector (Citrus County to Jefferson County)
    • Northern Turnpike Connector (northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway)

As a consequence, when this transportation infrastructure initiative rolls out (just look at that nice piece of literary license), there will be construction activity in rural areas of southwest, central, and north Florida.

Again, for legislation lovers, here is the formal legislative history and the statute – Chapter 2019-43.

P.S. If “you” want to be involved in this process, the Governor’s press release also states:

During the initial development phases, FDOT will appoint task force members for each corridor comprised of representatives from state agencies, environmental entities and other stakeholders to evaluate and coordinate corridor analysis, environmental/land use impacts, and other pertinent impacts. The results of these analyses will be summarized in a report that is to be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature in October 2020.

And how can one find information about the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)? By visiting the FDOT website.

Happy motoring!


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1 https://www.drivinglaws.org/georgia.php

2 https://www.drivinglaws.org/resources/alabama-text-cell-phone-laws.html

 

– For more information, call Philip N. Kabler of the Gainesville, FL office of Bogin, Munns & Munns at 352.332.7688, where he practices in the areas of business, banking, real estate, and equine law. He has taught business and real estate law courses at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Warrington College of Business Administration. And is now the President-Elect of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.

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