PARKLAND, FL- Heads up, Parkland drivers. Everyone that ever sits behind the wheel of a vehicle needs to take inventory of their personal driving habits. FDOT and the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are cracking down on phone use while driving in the new year. As of January 1, a new campaign entitled "Put it Down: Focus on Driving" is aimed at eliminating distracted driving in the State of Florida. 

According to the Wireless Communications While Driving Law, section 316.305, Florida Statues, allows law enforcement to stop motor vehicles and issue citations to motorists that are texting and driving. A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers or symbols into a wireless communications device to text, email and instant message. The law took effect on July 1, 2019.

Additionally, Section 316.306, Florida Statutes, is a prohibition on using wireless communications devices in a handheld manner in school and work zone.  A person may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device in a handheld manner in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. Active work zone, as it pertains to Section 316.306, Florida Statutes, means that construction personnel are present or are operating equipment on the road or immediately adjacent to the work zone area.

For more information about the "Put it Down: Focus on Driving" campaign, please visit the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles web site.