All forms of distracted driving can lead to an accident and cause serious legal issues. However, texting while driving is particularly hazardous, as it prevents you from paying your full attention to the road.
As a result, Texas has strict laws on record that prohibit texting behind the wheel. Understanding these laws can help you avoid accidents, while also keeping you within the good graces of local law enforcement.
Prohibited actions while driving
It is not permissible to send or receive text messages while driving under any circumstances. Additionally, there are several circumstances where it is not permissible to use a cellphone while driving for the purpose of making phone calls.
For example, you cannot use any mobile device within a school zone, no matter how you use it. The same law applies to school bus drivers, who cannot use cellphones when children are present. As for new drivers, any person with a learner’s permit cannot use a cellphone while driving for six months after acquiring the permit. And if the person is under the age of 18, they cannot use cellphones at all behind the wheel.
Laws can vary from place to place
Many laws regarding cellphone use behind the wheel are applicable statewide. However, cities and municipalities can also enact their own laws, which might differ from state ones. As a result, you should be aware of the laws where you are driving to ensure you are fully adhering to them.
In the event you must use your cellphone while driving, try to find a safe place to stop first. Pull over into a parking space or parking lot and make sure your vehicle is completely stopped before using the device. Doing so can protect yourself and others on the road.