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Texting while driving ban now in effect

A statewide ban on texting while driving is now in effect.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The law applies to people who are using their cellphones for reading, writing or sending a text message while driving.
  • It is not a violation to be using/looking at a cellphone when stopped at a red light. This is because when stopped you are not considered to be “operating a vehicle.” However, if an officer sees you continue texting as you start moving you will be pulled over.
  • You may use your cellphone for music and GPS navigation, although you are still liable to be pulled over as officers may suspect you of texting.
  • Using a cellphone to report an emergency is okay under the law.
  • If you are caught texting while driving you could face a fine of up to $99 for the first offense. If you have been previously convicted then the fine could be up to $200.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation one in five crashes involves driver distraction, let’s hope this new law makes our roads safer.

Rebecca Silvestri
Executive Editor
Rebecca Silvestri is the executive editor at Plano Profile. She is also the wife of Philip Silvestri, Publisher of Plano Profile.

In a previous life, Rebecca was a math teacher (in London and the Dominican Republic).

Philip and Rebecca have a little boy named Theo and are expecting a baby girl this July.


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