Below are some frequently asked questions about Texas’s new texting and driving ban. This is not legal advice.
What is actually banned?
- You can’t use a cellphone to “read, write, or send an electronic message” while your vehicle is moving. There are exceptions for the use of cellphones in an emergency situation (or if the driver believes the situation is an emergency). The texting and driving ban does not apply if the vehicle is stopped. Drivers 18 and younger are banned from using a cellphone at any point while driving a vehicle.
What can I still do on my phone while driving?
- Anything that isn’t “read, write, or send an electronic message.“ You can use your phone’s GPS, use Spotify, Apple Music, etc. to play music, using an app on your phone that doesn’t “read, write, or send an electronic message,” make phone calls, use the Internet.
Can I get pulled over if the police think I am texting?
- Yes. You can be pulled over if the officer thinks you were texting.
Do I need to get a hands-free device?
- The texting and driving ban doesn’t require you to use a hands-free device.
Please note that some local ordinances may be stricter when it comes to using a cellphone while driving.