New Hands-Free Law in Florida looks to Curb Distracted Driving

Starting January 1 2020, Florida’s new Wireless Communications While Driving law aims to reduce distracted driving in the Sunshine State. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has advised all drivers that beginning January 1, drivers can be stopped and ticketed for not using wireless communications devices in a hands-free manner.

“As a new year begins, I am proud to give law enforcement the ability to fully enforce the Wireless Communications While Driving law,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “All drivers should be completely focused on the road in order for everyone to arrive at their destinations safely.”

Florida officials affirm the Arrive Alive position that distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk or drugged driving. “Texting while driving is impaired driving and it is dangerous,” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association.