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Texting while driving ban goes into effect Tuesday

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Over 800 students at University of Tampa signed a pledge not to text and drive Over 800 students at University of Tampa signed a pledge not to text and drive

Starting Tuesday it will be illegal to text and drive in the state of Florida. Governor Rick Scott decided not to spend the money on an educational campaign, and a lot of the drivers we talked to didn't know the details of the new rules.

 Related story: 03/06/2013 Texting & driving ban passes Fla. senate, heads to House

"There has not been enough information out there on it," Kimber Williams, who admits she's addicted to her phone, said. "People don't know it's kicking off tomorrow."

George Hurley, a local driver, told us he thought it was already illegal.

One of the most common misconceptions is exactly when texting is allowed. Under the law, you can still text at a red light or when you're stuck in traffic.

"You shouldn't be allowed to text period," Hurley said.

Texting is a secondary offense. That means you have to get pulled over for doing something else, like speeding or swerving, to get in trouble for texting. The first ticket will cost you $30, after that it's $60.

"I'm getting ready to have a 16-year-old and I'm trying to set a good example for her," Williams said. "So I agree with the law. Now I just have to follow it."

 
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