“Enforcement time” for motorists caught texting & driving

“Enforcement time” for motorists caught texting & driving

(treasurecoast.com- “Enforcement time” has come for motorists caught texting and driving by Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

The arrival of 2020 brings a handful of changes stemming from the 2019 legislative session, including final pieces of enforcing a new law that cracks down on texting and driving.

Starting Wednesday, the highway patrol will issue tickets to motorists stopped for texting while driving, rather than just warnings.

Tickets issued for a first offense carry a $30 fine plus court costs, which could reach $108.16. The fine jumps to $60 — $158.18 with court costs — for a second violation within five years.

The new year also will usher in other changes passed during the spring legislative session. Businesses will see a small reduction in the taxes paid on their commercial leases. Health care practitioners will be required to transmit prescriptions electronically, with certain exceptions.

And documents will now be allowed to be notarized remotely, and online.

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