FHP cracking down on phone use in school and work zones

Reporter: Nicole Lauren
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Texting while driving illustration. (Credit: MGN)
Texting while driving illustration. (Credit: MGN)

More than 50,000 students returned to class from winter break Tuesday morning, including Collier and Glades County schools.

That means more traffic and maybe a ticket or two if you’re not following the law.

Florida Highway Patrol stressed to drivers that if you are driving in school zones, they don’t care if you are texting, reading a text or just holding your phone, those areas are completely hands-free.

An FHP trooper told WINK News since this rule has gone into effect, they have given out a fair amount of warnings, and a large number of citations.

We asked how you can tell if a driver is using their phone, and the most obvious answer is that it is visible, and then also if the car is swerving.

“By allowing us to have probable cause to pull a vehicle over, should we see someone textingā€¦So if we saw it, that’s the reason we’re pulling you over,” said FHP Lt. Greg Bueno.

If you are caught on the phone in any way in school or work zones, the fine is $60 plus three points added to your license.

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