Florida’s new ban on texting while driving takes effect Tuesday, tagging violators with a $30 first-offense fine. And while texting while behind the wheel has become ubiquitious, some of the worst offenders tend to be new drivers, which is where the educational efforts about the new law are being concentrated.
Hillsborough County schools spokeswoman Tanya Arja said the district’s educational campaign includes input from AAA, the state Department of Transportation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Tampa Police Department. The campaign is entitled “Put It Down.”
T-shirts will be distributed next week warning teen drivers about the dangers of texting on the road. Similar announcements will be made at all of the county’s high schools.
The campaign tells students: “The law is here,” Arja said. “You shouldn’t have been doing it in the first place and now it’s illegal.”