If you are a Texas resident, there are specific laws on cell phone use
that you need to adhere to. With the exception of drivers in school zones,
most drivers do not have any restrictions on their cell phone use while
they are driving. Also, Texas law restricts novice drivers from talking
to their phones while they are on the road. For the first 12 months after
receiving a license, a driver is considered a novice. These drivers cannot
text or call another person on their phone during this time or they can
be fined. In some situations, a police officer may even restrict the driver's
license as penalty for disobeying the law.
Also, bus drivers are not permitted to use their cell phones when their
bus in in motion and is transporting any children under the age of 17.
In some cases, disobeying this law can be termed child endangerment and
can lead to severe punishments. Bus drivers are held to a high standard
because they transport youth on a regular basis. Despite these strict
rules, most drivers in the state of Texas are allowed to use their cell
phones, and cannot be arrested if they are caught with the device in hand.
In Amarillo, Austin, and El Paso there are city ordinances that restrict
cell phone use, but these are not honored at the state level.
This means that if you are arrested for cell phone use or ticketed for
this offense, you may be able to fight the charge in court. Whenever you
are falsely accused of a traffic violation, you will want a Houston criminal
defense lawyer on your side.
Attorney Herman Martinez understands how to tackle a case because he is a former prosecutor. Talk
to him today if you want more information about battling an undeserved