According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five crashes involves driver distraction. Those who use cell phones while driving have a higher risk of a collision than those who do not. Although Texas has not opted into a statewide restriction, more than 60 local cities have adopted one or more of the cell ordinances. The cell phone ordinances include the ban of all uses of wire communications devices while driving, ban on texting while driving, and ban on texting and other manual uses of wireless communication devices while driving.
Of the 60+ cities, Hurst, Texas, a neighboring city of the Parker Law Firm, has recently adopted the ban of texting while driving. At the end of July 2016, Police and City Council made the decision to impose the ordinance, given that since 2013, more than 200 crashes per year were caused by distracted driving. Of course there are some exceptions, including making an emergency call, using hands-free mode, or navigating the GPS device.
More Cell Phone Prohibitions include:
- Drivers with learner’s permits are prohibited from using hand held devices in the first six months.
- All drivers are prohibited from texting and using handheld devices while driving through school zones.
- Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any wireless communication devices.
- School bus operators are prohibited from using cell phones while driving if children are present.
When in doubt, don’t text and drive. Drivers caught using their cell phone or other wireless devices can face a fine up to $500. Drive now, talk later. If you have been hurt or seriously injured as a result of a negligent driver’s decision to text and drive, call our firm for a free strategy session at (817) 503-9200.