Published: Oct 05, 2010 3:40 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 05, 2010 12:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Highway Patrol troopers are no longer allowed to use handheld cell phones while driving.

The new policy went into effect for the state's 1,650 troopers on Monday.

Authorities say the aim of the initiative is to keep roads safe and use officers as an example. In Florida, there is no law against holding a cell phone while talking and driving.

Troopers can talk on their cell phones with a handsfree device.

At least two other Florida law enforcement agencies are considering similar bans.