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Attention Texas Drivers: This new law affects you.

Texas House Bill 62 Bans Texting While Driving

Starting September 1st, a new law takes effect in Texas that bans texting while driving. In an effort to crack down on distracted driving and save drivers from resulting accidents, House Bill 62 will effectively make texting while operating a motor vehicle illegal.

The new law provides that drivers may not use a phone to “read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped.” Motorists can still talk on the phone while driving, but only when using a “hands-free device” that requires them to briefly touch the phone or vehicle controls to begin or end their call. Cell phone use to request emergency help or report illegal activity are not considered violations under this law.

Bottom line:

It’s not safe to text and drive. Put the phone down, it can wait.

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.

Here are some tips to help you keep your eyes on the road and your hands off your phone:

  • Set your call and messaging options to “do not disturb” while you are on the road.
  • If your call or message can’t wait, pull over to a safe place and put your vehicle in park.
  • Avoid the urge to use your device putting it in a place where it is out of reach while driving.
  • Let a passenger manage your calls and texts.
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