Updated Texas Law
No Text and Drive law effective 9/1/2017
We wanted to make sure you are aware of a brand new driving law which goes into effect September 1, 2017. It will be against the law all across Texas to text while you are driving. This new law concerns “reading, writing, or sending electronic messages” using a “wireless communications device.” The new law does not address stricter cell phone bans already in place in other cities such as in Austin and San Antonio.
You may still use your cell phone for satellite navigations systems such as Google Maps and MapQuest.
Fines can range from $25 to $99 for first time offenders, and $100 to $200 for repeat offenders. Of course, there will also be additional court costs. A conviction will not result in any points being assessed.
If you cause an accident as a result of texting which causes serious bodily injury or death to another person, the new law provides for a misdemeanor offense punishable with a fine up to $4,000.00 and confinement in jail for up to one year.
You could also be charged with felony negligent homicide.
This email was one I received from an attorney on the new law. Please be sure you have a no text and drive policy all on employee’s while in a company automobile or running errands for the company.
Please let me know if you have any questions at all.
As always, thank you for the business and for making me a part of your team.
Traci Garner Davis