In our last post, we talked about the texting while driving law here in Florida and the lack of a substantial effect that this law has had on the driving population. Since texting while driving is considered a secondary offense in the state of Florida, it means officers can't pull you over for the particular offense. You have to commit another, primary offense first -- and then the police officer can add on the texting while driving offense to the original infraction.
Florida has had an ongoing problem with it's texting while driving laws: namely, that they don't do much. In 2013, our state passed its very first version of a texting while driving ban. But the law lacks any teeth. it makes texting while driving a secondary offense, which means that a police officer can't pull someone over solely for texting while driving. They have to commit some other offense first, and then the police officer can tack on a texting while driving charge on top of the original offense.