Texting and Driving Laws in Texas

Written by greg on June 28, 2014

Texting Accidents

 

It is well known that distractions cause and contribute to car accidents. Some estimates place driver distraction as involved in up to one third of car wrecks.

 

At the Baumgartner Law Firm we have been advocates for a uniform Texas law dealing with texting and emailing while driving. Unfortunately, even though the legislature approved a bill that would have given Texas a uniform ban on texting while driving, the governor would not sign the bill into law.

 

There have been many private groups that seek to educate the community regarding the dangers of texting while driving. Some of the more notable are:

 

* Distracted Driving Foundation http://www.ddfn.org

* Prevent Distracted Driving Association http://pdda.org

* Safe Texting http://safetextingcampaign.com

 

While the private sector is doing its share of educating the public on the dangers of distracted driving, it is time for leadership in Texas to step up and take charge in the effort to protect Texas families against unnecessary car wrecks.

 

The sooner we get started the better for our communities and for those who have developed a habit of texting while driving.

 

According to Texas Department of Transportation, at least 23 cities have passed ordinances prohibiting texting while driving within their city limits. This leads to confusion and the failure of a statewide ban is a travesty.

 

Some of the cities in the Houston area that have passed anti-texting ordinances include: Galveston, Conroe, Tomball, Missouri City and West University Place.

 

Texas law bans drivers with learner’s permits from using cell phones in the first six months of driving. Drivers under 18 are prohibited from using wireless communication devices and school bus operators are prohibited from driving with children present and using the cell phone. All drivers are prohibited from using handheld devices in school zones.

 

It is our hope that the statistics that are being gathered on an ongoing basis by the DPS as well as local law enforcement will provide sufficient evidence to put pressure on those who oppose driver distraction statutes in Texas.

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