Texting and driving is dangerous - by now, we all know it. And yet, texting and driving in Texas is nearly as popular as it was four or five years ago. So what does the law have to say?
Texting and Driving Laws in Texas
As of 2014, there's no statewide ban against cell phone use while driving in Texas. That includes texting and driving.
With that being said, there are plenty of local areas that prohibit or limit the use of cell phone in the car. The current cell phone prohibitions in Texas are as follows:
- You may not use a cell phone behind the wheel if you've been driving for less than six months.
- You may not use a cell phone while driving if you're under 18 years old.
- You may not use a cell phone if you're driving through a school zone.
- School bus drivers can't use cell phones while driving if kids are around.
In addition to these, there are a few local restrictions. The following cities prohibit texting and driving as of February 2012:
- El Paso
- Missouri City
- Mount Vernon
- San Antonio
- Universal City
- West University Place
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The Future of Texting and Driving in Texas
As you'd expect, there's been a push from certain state representatives to enact statewide anti-texting and driving legislation. As listed above, many cities have passed their own individual ordnances to protect their citizens from what we know to be a dangerous, negligent act. Despite this, Texas continues on as one of the largest, most populated states without a ban on texting and driving.
Earlier this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry refused to sign a bill that would have approved a uniform statute involving distracted driving. For this reason and many others, laws banning texting and driving will not likely appear in Texas in the near future.
Until there is legislation banning texting and driving, remember to be a defensive driver and look out for distracted motorists around you who are messing with their phones. If you are tempted to text and drive, remind yourself that one text is not worth your life.