One in five 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 for all drivers, many local areas prohibit or limit the use of cell phones while driving. Specific limitations are listed below.
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.
Cell Phone Prohibitions
Fines and Cell Phone Ordinance Types
Fines range from $200 to $500.
There are three types of cell phone ordinances:
Nearly 40 cities have adopted ordinances since November 2009, when Austin became the first city to enact a citywide ban on texting while driving.