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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.
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