Car accidents that are caused by distracted drivers are a very common issue in the state of Texas, as in virtually every U.S. state, and distracted driving is the reason for 23% of all car crashes in the United States. A distracted driver is far more likely to cause an accident than a driver who is completely focused on the road, without using a cell phone, talking to passengers, eating or drinking. Cell phone use while driving in the past decade has become an increasingly common activity, which is why laws banning it had to be brought into force. The state of Texas has several laws with provisions regulating cell phone use for all drivers, and special provisions that refer to novice drivers and bus drivers. What is referred to as a primary law below indicates that police officer may pull a driver over for that offense. A secondary law means an officer may not pull a driver over for that offense but may add it on to a ticket if pulled over for something else.
Ban On Cell Phone Use For Bus Drivers
Bus drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. The ban refers to both hands-free and hand-held cell phones, and this is a primary law, which means an officer may sanction you for using a cell phone, even if you haven't committed any other traffic violation.
Ban On Cell Phone Use For Novice Drivers
Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use hands-free and hand-held cell phones, as well as any other wireless communications device. This is also a primary law.
Ban On Texting For Novice Drivers
This is another primary law that prohibits novice drivers from composing, sending or receiving text messages while driving.
Ban On Texting For Bus Drivers
Apart from the ban on cell phone use for making calls, bus drivers are also banned from text messaging while driving, which is considered a primary law, as well.
Cell Phone Use In School Zones
All drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones to make calls or send or receive text messages while driving in school zones.
Cities Where Texting is Banned
Texting while driving is prohibited in several cities in Texas, including: Alamo, Arlington, Austin, Bellaire, Brownsville, Conroe, El Paso, Galveston, Harlingen, Magnolia, McAllen, Mission, Missouri City, Mount Vernon, Nacogdoches, Palmview, Penitas, San Antonio, Shoreacres, Stephenville, Tomball, Universal City, West University Place.