New laws on cell phone use while driving, pledge for prizes

Starting Oct. 1, drivers can be pulled over for hand-held use of a cell phone as texting while driving became a primary offense.

While law enforcement plans to write warning tickets for the first few months, UF drivers should comply with the new laws immediately and refrain from texting, messaging or operating a hand-held cell phone while driving.

Important reminders to note:

  • The laws do not apply when you are stopped or when using maps and navigation.
  • There are also exceptions for using your phone for safety alerts, like traffic and weather, and to call police or report an emergency.

Now through Oct. 18, if you sign and pledge not to use your phone while operating a vehicle, you will be entered to win one of multiple prizes.

For more information or to sign the pledge, visit