With the start of October, Florida welcomed a few new laws of general interest
Drivers must not use wireless devices when driving in a work zone or a school zone. If they do, it is considered a moving violation that earns you three points on your license. Until next year, friendly policemen will probably only write a warning to those violating the new law.
Before October 1 of this year, someone hazing another faced a third-degree felony charge if it resulted in death or serious injury. After Andrew Coffey died following his consumption of a bottle of bourbon at an off-campus fraternity event, Florida enacted a law making it a third-degree felony for those found to have actively planned or solicited others to commit a hazing resulting in a serious injury or death. Exempted from the new law are those who alert police to the need for medical care during a hazing event.
Our law enforcement animals now have some well-deserved protection. Anyone who kills or seriously injures law enforcement dogs, horses, or fire department search-and-rescue dogs can be charged with a second-degree felony, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
Apparently, child-like sex dolls are shipped from overseas locations into the United States as clothing mannequins or models. A new Florida law makes it illegal to sell, lend, give away or advertise these dolls in the state. Violators face a first-degree misdemeanor charge which can be increased to a third-degree felony after multiple offenses.