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.