New Florida Traffic Laws 2007
Hoax email purports to announce a set of new Florida driving laws effective August 1, 2007.
Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: August 2007 (this version)
Email example contributed by James R., 10 August 2007:
Subject: FW: New State of Florida Regulations Regarding Cellphone Usage and other driving matters
Comments: False. This message is a slightly revised version of an email hoax circulating since January 2007 which purports to announce new California traffic laws slated to go into effect this year.
Similar copycat hoaxes have also circulated in Texas and Georgia.
Debunked in local media:
- "TALLAHASSEE Hundreds, if not thousands, of Floridians are getting e-mails warning of new traffic fines including $285 for improperly using a cellphone and $1,068.50 for illegally driving in a carpool lane. Outraged motorists are calling Florida's motor vehicle department demanding to know more about the new laws. The answer: There are no new laws. It is all an email hoax." -- More from Palm Beach Post
- ""We have been getting a lot of calls on this," Pat Santangelo of the Florida Highway Patrol said. NBC 6's Hank Tester quizzed cell phone users on the street in South Florida. "I heard about that," Cindy Maradona said. "I was all ready to buy a Bluetooth." It turned out the e-mail was only a rumor. "I have seen the e-mail you have seen," Santangelo said. "That's not anything official from the state of Florida." -- More from NCB6-TV News
False Tales About Big Fines Frighten Georgia Drivers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 14 July 2007
GSP Warns of Hoax Traffic Law Email
WGCL-TV News, 13 July 2007
Email Hoax Warns of Fake New Texas Traffic Laws
Associated Press, 3 July 2007
Beware of Texas Traffic Law Hoax, DPS Says
KWTX.com, 3 July 2007
Hoax: New California Traffic Laws for 2007
Earliest version of this hoax, in circulation since January 2007
Last updated: 08/14/07