The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created and maintains an official website called Distraction.gov, in which the federal agency lays out the facts, statistics, dangers and other information related to texting while driving and other forms of distraction behind the wheel.
On the website, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes: "Every single time you take your eyes off the road or talk on the phone while you're driving - even for just a few seconds - you put yourself and others in danger."
Hopefully you and your loved ones had an incident-free Christmas holiday, and that things continue to go smoothly throughout the New Year. But the fact is that distracted driving will only be more of a problem during the busy travel period on holidays, and more people will get into car accidents.
According to the NHTSA, distracted driving law in Texas looks like this:
- Bus drivers are banned from using both handheld and hands-free mobile phones
- Novice drivers are also banned from using both handheld and hands-free mobile phones
- Both novice drivers and bus drivers are banned from texting
- If you're in a school zone, you cannot use a handheld phone or text
Unfortunately, in 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoed the state legislature in its effort to ban texting while driving for all drivers in the state, although some individual Texas cities have banned texting within city limits.
Source: Distracted Driving Law by State
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