Texas is the 47th state to issue a state-wide texting while driving ban.
First time offenders face fines ranging from $25 to $99. Repeat offenders face fines as much as $200. Points will not be assessed for these violations.
If an accident occurs while texting and driving that results in someone being injured or killed, the offending driver can be penalized up to $4,000 and may receive a jail sentence up to one year. This comes in addition to any other charges that may be applied.
While House Bill 62 addresses reading, composing or sending of electronic messages with a wireless device, it does not go as far as many other local ordinances that have been on the books for years.
Over 40 Texas cities enforce local cell phone laws that are stricter than the state’s, and for now, those laws remain in effect. However, Senate Bill 15 could make the new state law supersede existing municipal laws, effectively rolling back local provisions. As of this date, it has not been approved.