Texas police officers can pull people over and give them tickets for texting and driving. Those caught will face fines of up to $99 for a first offense and $200 for a second offense. The new law also states that if an accident caused by texting and driving results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person, they can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000 and confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year, in addition to any other charges/punishments.
Advocates against handheld phone use say the new law will save the lives of both would-be distracted drivers, and the people they might have struck in accidents.
“The new law will help reduce crashes, save lives, and make Texas roads safer for everyone,” Kent Livesay, vice president and general manager of AAA Texas, said in a statement. “This new law will make travel safer for every Texan.”