Hands-free options after texting and driving ban

Law enforcement officers could pull over motorists they see texting and driving on Florida roads, under a bill now headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

With a vote of 108-7, the House on Monday passed a compromise measure (HB 107) that blends a ban on texting and driving with a requirement that motorists travel hands-free of wireless devices in school zones and work zones.

Should Gov. DeSantis sign the bill, drivers will have to find other ways to use their phones in the car.  If you're looking for hands-free devices to use while driving, there are several options that will allow you to use your phone when you're behind the wheel.

"There's different ways to connect into the car stereo," said Jon Toothman, the owner of Innovative Electronics.

Toothman said the most common way is by using a Bluetooth FM transmitter, priced at around $30.

"It allows you to use Bluetooth from your phone to allow you to connect to the device and then the device from FM into your car stereo," he explained, "so you get all your audio into your stereo using a Bluetooth device."

If your vehicle is an older model, there are cassette-deck adapters which allow you to plug into your phone and then directly into your car stereo.

A variety of headphones are available, which you can use safely, priced at around $129.  

"Using the technology bone conduction and these headphones will rest in front of your ear not cover your ear allowing full communication, allow you to hear traffic noise," Toothman said.

Don't forget to mount your phone, especially if you need to use the GPS.

"There's also brackets that allow you to mount your phone to the vent or windshield to the dash and it allows you to Bluetooth it by itself directly to your car stereo."

It's a way to steer clear of being pulled over.

"It think it's a good idea, obviously you want to be safe."

f signed into law, texting while driving would be a “primary” traffic offense. Currently, police can only cite motorists for texting behind the wheel if they are pulled over for other reasons. By making it a primary offense, police could pull over motorists solely for texting while driving.  Drivers can be fined $30 and up. It would go into effect on July 1.