MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Florida is set to become the 40th state to ban texting while driving.
Gov. Rick Scott is set to sign the ban into law Tuesday afternoon at a Miami area school.
In a statement, Scott said that texting while driving concerns him as a father and a grandfather. He said state officials must do everything they can to keep the roads safe, particularly during the summer. Scott says the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest days on the road for teenagers.
The law makes texting subject to secondary enforcement. Police could cite drivers for it only if they had been pulled over for another violation such as speeding. A violation would lead to a fine and - if texting resulted in a crash - the driver would be assessed six points. Points lead to increased insurance rates.
Thirty-nine other states including Alabama and the District of Columbia have already banned texting behind the wheel.
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