According to state statistics, texting while driving led to nearly 200 crashes in 2012.. Effective Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, Florida will be the 41st state to implement a new law making it illegal to text and email behind the wheel. The new law, simply put, is to keep Florida roads safe. Although the law bans text and email, drivers in Florida can continue to use their smart phones for navigation, listening to music and activating voice commands. Whether you are taking the plunge or just visiting our great state, I want you to always be safe.