Governor Abbot signed HB 62 Tuesday so now you might want to keep that phone in your pocket when you get behind the wheel.

Young person texting while driving
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Chrone is reporting that it's going to be illegal, starting September 1st, to operate a phone to "read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped."

If cited and found guilty you could be fined from $25 to $99 for a first offense.

455 people were killed and more 3,000 seriously injured in Texas last year in vehicle crashes due to distracted driving, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Now, remember. If you see someone texting, one thing you don't want to do is film them with your phone, because then you'll be breaking the law. You'll prove them to be guilty while proving yourself guilty as well.


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