Drivers in the Sunshine State will now be liable for a traffic stop if an officer on duty spots them operating a motored vehicle using their personal communication device while driving. This is under a new distracted driver law that rolls out today July 1st in Florida, among 19 others.
Police officers will now have the green light to stop motored vehicles if the operator is typing or appears to be using their phone or other personal devices while driving without any other probable cause needed for the stop. Warnings and fines will be handed out to violators, and habitual violators may see more severe punishments including revocation of driving privileges.
Among several other new Florida state laws that are in effect starting today, another that stands out to the general public is the ban on vaping in enclosed workplaces. While most companies ban their employees (and patrons) from smoking and vaping indoors, this law now prohibits companies from otherwise allowing their employees and patrons to vape indoors.
In the education industry, new laws will affect prospect teachers and prospect college students. Teachers taking standardized testing to become licensed in Florida will now undergo a lower standard of testing, making it easier for teachers to qualify for full-time employment. Students taking SAT tests with the hopes of acquiring a Bright Futures scholarship will have to pass their test will a score 40 points higher than the previous threshold; college hopefuls will have to pass with a score of 1330, as opposed to 1290.
After a decade of an active shooter epidemic in America, paramedics and physicians who are responding to situations involving active shooters or dangerous scenarios will be permitted to carry a firearm according to a new law passed today.
Here is a list of all 20 of the new Florida state laws that go in effect today and their brief descriptions.
By Marc Charles for Money Talk Radio