Is It Really Illegal To Text While At a Red Light in Texas?
So you're at a red light that seems like it won't change colors despite the fact that you've been sitting there for what feels like an eternity. You pull out your phone and start scrolling to pass the time. But wait up! Is it legal to text while driving in a stopped car?
In today's digital age, the allure of staying connected at all times has led to some pretty strict laws regarding the use of cell phones while in the operation of a motor vehicle. Although the dangers and penalties surrounding the use of a cell phone while driving are well known, it is less clear whether texting and driving laws also apply to drivers who are stopped.
Thankfully after doing a little digging around, I can clarify for you whether it is illegal to use a cell phone while stopped in your car thanks to this section of Texas' transportation code.
(b) An operator commits an offense if the operator uses a portable wireless communication device to read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped.
So in case you ever feel nervous while using a cell phone at a red light, remember this bit of information.
Although it is legal for you to use your cellular device at a red light, remember to stay vigilant at all times, even if you are stopped. You never know what kind of situation can occur that would require your full attention even when at a red light.
So remember to stay safe and vigilant on the road, even if you are at a red light.
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