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Cell Phones

One in four crashes involves driver distraction. Drivers who use cell phones in their vehicles have a higher risk of collision than drivers who don't, whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device.

Although Texas has no statewide law banning the use of cell phones while driving, many local areas prohibit or limit the use of cell phones while driving.

We urge you to drive now and talk later. If you must make a phone call, pull over. Otherwise, wait until you reach your destination to use the phone.

Current Cell Phone Prohibitions in Texas

  • Drivers with learners permits are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless communications devices.
  • School bus operators are prohibited from using cell phones while driving if children are present.
  • In school crossing zones, all drivers are prohibited from using handheld devices.
  • Local restrictions. According to a February 2012 report compiled by the Texas State House of Representatives, the following cities have enacted ordinances prohibiting texting while driving:
    • Alamo
    • Arlington
    • Austin
    • Bellaire
    • Brownsville
    • Conroe
    • El Paso
    • Galveston
    • Harlingen
    • Magnolia
    • McAllen
    • Mission
    • Missouri City
    • Mount Vernon
    • Nacogdoches
    • Palmview
    • Penitas
    • San Antonio
    • Shoreacres
    • Stephenville
    • Tomball
    • Universal City
    • West University Place