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Boynton Beach police educate drivers about texting and driving

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jul 05, 2019

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Police are ready to pull you over in one South Florida community, but it's not necessarily to give you a ticket.

Boynton Beach police say the first thing you should do after getting into your car is put on your seatbelt, and the second thing is go hands-free with your cell phone.

"We want people to pay more attention to driving," said Sgt. Phillip Hawkins.

Sgt. Hawkins says Boynton Beach police can now enforce the new texting and driving law in Florida, which is all about making the roads safer.

"It is about safety, it is about everyone getting to their destination alive and well," said Sgt. Hawkins.

On Friday, Boynton Beach police were giving warnings to speeding drivers, and they were also handing out information on the new law.

"We are going to be handing these out on traffic stops for the next month. Officers will hand out cell phone mounts to drivers who get pulled over," said Sgt. Hawkins.

Sgt. Hawkins says he's tired of seeing drivers use their phones on the road.

"I will pull up alongside of them and they will be doing this, and we will be cruising down Congress," said Sgt. Hawkins.

He hopes this new effort to educate drivers can help save lives.