On September 1, 2017 Texas will join at least 47 other states when a new law goes into effect banning texting and driving.
Currently, Texas only bans texting and driving in school zones. The new texting ban addresses texting and driving on all Texas roads and highways.
The new law hopes to make the roads safer by prohibiting the dangerous and often deadly practice of texting while driving. Drivers who are caught texting and driving will face a fine of up to $99 for first-time offenders and $200 for repeat offenders.
The Southlake Police Department will begin enforcing the law on September 1, although the department will issue warning tickets for the first 30 days. Police Chief James Brandon says, “One text is not worth a life. Drivers should continue reinforcing the habit of not texting and driving on all roadways before the law goes into effect.”
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) teenagers are the largest age group driving distracted at the time of a fatality crash. It may surprise you to learn that often the last text sent by a teenager following a serious accident read, “I need to stop texting before I get into an accident.”
Chief Brandon adds, “This data reinforces the importance of having critical conversations with your teen drivers and also set good examples for them when you are behind the wheel.”
The Southlake Police Department wants to encourage all Southlake residents to never drive distracted. We want everyone to arrive safely to their destinations. Click hear to the discussion from the August 1 City Council meeting.
(*The new ban does not include internet use on applications such as maps or GPS devices.)