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New Florida Laws In Effect On New Year's Day

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New Year's Day 2013 brings with it joy, good tidings, and new laws for the Sunshine State.

Among the changes: it is no longer illegal to flash headlights at other drivers to warn of police speed traps.

Effective midnight Tuesday also are changes to the state's $10,000 no-fault personal injury protection, which now requires drivers involved in fender-benders to seek emergency room care within two weeks of an accident to be eligible to collect on insurance.

It also removes massage therapy and acupuncturists from the list of insured treatments after an accident, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Low-wage workers in Floridians can also expect to see a slight bump in their take-home pay as the state's minimum wage goes up by 12 cents to $7.79. The increase is still below the national minimum wage average of $8.12.

WSVN reports the new year will also bring with it a specialty license plate for Vietnam veterans and Combat Infantry Badge honorees, and for retired politicians.

The homeless will also now be able to receive state identification cards at driver's license offices free of charge.

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