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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:31 pm | Updated: 4:45 pm, Tue Oct 1, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla. - Texting and driving in Florida can get you in trouble, but while some say big brother shouldn't get involved, others the new law doesn't go far enough.

"I think it's a step in the right direction, but the problem is the law doesn't have any teeth in it," said Sarasota attorney Derek Byrd.  He says he's is in favor of the law, but doesn't know how police can enforce it.  "It's going to be hard to prove there's a lot of exceptions built in, so I think anybody who gets a ticket for texting is probably going to have a good defense if they decided to fight it," Byrd said.

Sgt. Darrell Seckendorf, Traffic Unit Supervisor of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says, it's a first step.  "We're getting the law out there and there's more awareness at this point," he said.

Efforts are already underway to strengthen the law.

State Senator Maria Sachs of Delray Beach wants to make texting a primary offense. And she has support.

The original texting bill sponsored by a local delegation passed overwhelmingly.

Drivers like Sheila Rigoni says a bigger crackdown can't come soon enough.  "Actually I don't think we should talk on the phone."

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