While driving from North East Texas to the North Dallas Metroplex area last week, I noticed some new signs have been posted near SCHOOL ZONES because of the recent bill passed to prohibit the use of a hand held mobile phone device while driving.
In many parts of Texas, this type of ruling has already been in place and not just in the school zones. As real estate agents, we know the beauty of being able to multi-task. Drive, talk, record, listen...etc. Just remember to watch for those SCHOOL ZONES if you're not using a hands free device.
Guess we all need to have Blue Tooth headsets glued to our ears. That's certainly better than breaking the law. And maybe a whole lot easier than having to remember just where you are and whether holding your phone to your ear is breaking the law!
The signs are part of Texas House Bill 55 http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB00055F.pdf that prohibits the use of a hand held wireless communication device within a school crossing zone. This rule does not apply if the vehicle is stopped, or is being used in a hands-free mode. Violators can be subject to a fine of up to $200. The law exempts use of a wireless device to make an emergency call, such as dialing 9-1-1.
All said, I think it's a great law and holding a cell phone while driving should be prohibited everywhere!