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Press Release Friday, May 19, 2017
House Bill 62 passes the Texas Senate …
(AUSTIN) – Today, [Friday] House Bill 62, the statewide ban on texting while driving, passed the Senate by a vote of 23-8. Authored by Rep. Tom Craddick and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, {{more: Read More …}}the bill will head to the Governor’s desk for consideration after the Texas House approves a procedural motion to concur.
“This is a landmark moment for public safety in Texas. For myself and many this is a good day because this statewide ban on texting while driving will save the lives of Texans,” Craddick said.
“For others, the day is bittersweet; it is a reminder that this legislation comes too late and came with a cost. I think of the Texans who lost their lives to these preventable crashes and unnecessary tragedies; I dedicate this bill to their memory.”
“This bipartisan bill would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of Senator Judith Zaffirini and Chair Joan Huffman, with the support of Chair Jane Nelson, Chair Robert Nichols, and the other members of the Senate, ” Craddick said. “To all of the associations, companies, groups, and the families of victims who advocated for this legislation, I offer my sincere appreciation.”
Additional information:
  • The ban will not take effect immediately and still needs Senate approval and the Governor’s signature.
  • Effective date would be September 1 and will require signs to be posted around the state stated that texting while driving is illegal in Texas.
  • It does not effect hands free device that only requires the driver to touch the phone or car to activate or end the call.
  • It does allow for emergency calls including reporting suspected illegal activity.
  • it does not include the use gps devices or map/direction apps on a cellphone.
  • Police are not allowed to search phone history
  • Violations are misdemeanors that carry a $25-$99 fine. Multiple offenses could results in fines between $100 – $200.
Read more @ House Bill 62

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