DeLand PD to educate drivers on texting while driving ban

(DeLand, FL) - DeLand Police officers will be educating motorists regarding the texting and driving law that went into effect July 1.

Under the new law, texting while driving is banned and now a primary offense, meaning motorists can be cited for it without committing any other violations.

While the law is now enforceable, DeLand Police officers will be educating motorists about the law and the inherent dangers of texting while driving through September 1. The only exception will be for an accident caused by someone texting and driving. 

After September 1, residents and visitors to DeLand can expect a citation if pulled over for texting and driving. A first offense is punishable by a $30 fine with a second one costing $60 and 3 points added to your license. 

The ban does not apply to drivers using a navigation device or to a driver whose vehicle is stationary. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Centers for Disease Control, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily from incidents involving distracted drivers.

Police Chief Jason Umberger recommends motorists invest in hands-free or Bluetooth technology to get phones out of their hands while driving. 

"Text messages can wait," he said. "It's not worth risking your life and the lives of others around you. Arrive alive; don't text and drive."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Chris Graham
Community Information Specialist
Office: 386-626-7117
Email: grahamc@deland.org