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New “Driving While Texting” Law Goes Into Effect Friday in Texas

Just a quick reminder that the new texting law goes into effect September 1 in Texas. Here are some key points:

It will be illegal for a driver to send or read text messages while the vehicle is moving. If you are stopped at a light, anything goes.

You can use your cell phones for navigation or music. You might get pulled over though if an officer thinks you are texting.

You can use a cell phone to report an emergency and you can even read a text while driving if you have reason to believe it is regarding an emergency situation.

First offenders can be fined up to $99 and repeat offenders can be fined up to $200.

This law is a step in the right direction, but as a practical matter it is going to be very difficult to enforce. Please use some self-control and don’t focus on your phone while driving.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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