While Texas is STILL one of the last remaining states with no state-wide law banning texting while driving, there are a few laws regarding the use of mobile devices while driving in the state.
- All novice drivers are banned from using their cell phone (or any wireless communication device) while driving for their first year behind the wheel.
- All school bus drivers (those carrying passengers under the age of 17) are banned from speaking on the phone or texting while driving, and all bus drivers are banned from texting. In fact, the FMCSA has recently instated a federal rule prohibiting commercial vehicle drivers (including 18-wheelers, tank trucks, etc.) from texting while driving, even while stopped at a red light.
- No person may talk on a cell phone or text while driving in a school zone, though hands-free devices may be used in this area.
Many Texas cities, towns and municipalities have passed local ordinances regarding phone use while driving. In fact, at least 65 Texas cities have already banned texting and driving or enacted hands-free ordinances.