The law, which went into effect Oct. 1 2013, bans manual texting only while driving, but allows it for drivers stopped in traffic or at traffic lights. Because the ban refers to texting as a secondary offense, officers can pull over drivers and issue tickets only if another violation, such as speeding, is observed.

“Texting is just another distraction in the tool box of all distractions, including putting on makeup, eating, talking on the phone,” said Broward Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Jachles. “Let the text wait. Don’t lose your life and possibly someone else’s life.”

The penalties are light — $30 plus court costs for a first offense and $60 for a second offense.

Interestingly enough, drivers are still allowed to use mobile devices for GPS and navigation and when using voice-to-text services. They can also read certain types of texts, such as messages related to radio  broadcasts or getting safety-related  information, such as emergency, traffic or weather alerts — and yes, you can still talk on the phone while driving!

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