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Is It Legal to Text While Driving in Texas?

aMost states in the U.S. have laws on the books prohibiting the use of mobile phones while operating a motor vehicle. Texas is no different.

The state of Texas imposes strict laws regarding texting while driving. Read on to learn more about what they are.

Texas Texting and Driving Laws

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), “Texting while driving is illegal everywhere in Texas, and some cities ban all cellphone use while driving. But using your cellphone while driving is always dangerous because it’s distracted driving.”

In addition:

  • It is unlawful to send or read electronic messages while driving in Texas.
  • For the first six months, drivers with learner’s permits may not use cell phones at all.
  • It is illegal to use any type of handheld device while you’re in the car in a school zone.
  • Drivers younger than 18 cannot use handheld devices.
  • If children are nearby, school bus drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone in any capacity.
  • The laws regarding cell phone use while driving are different from city to city.

Texting and Driving is Dangerous

In 2019, a total of 3,142 people lost their lives due to distracted driving behaviors, including mobile phone use.

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distracted driving actions. When you send or read a text message, you must take your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. If you’re traveling at a rate of 55 miles per hour (mph), that’s basically the same as driving the distance of a whole football field with your eyes closed.

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