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New Law Bans Texting while Driving in San Antonio

San Antonio City Council passed a new ordinance banning texting while driving. The ban took effect on October 17, 2010 and only applies within the San Antonio city limits. Citizens of San Antonio will be given a 90 day grace period allowing them to get used to the law, during which time only warnings will be given out for violating the law.

Once the law goes into full-force-and-effect, both the San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriffs will be able to issue fines for up to $200 per violation within the San Antonio City Limits. This means citizens will have to travel down to the San Antonio Municipal Court on South Frio Street to take care of any citation for texting while driving. Citizens given tickets within the city limits by Bexar County Sheriffs will have to go to their respective courts in Bexar County Court Precincts 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Violations for texting while driving in San Antonio will not be considered moving violations, like speeding tickets, traffic tickets, failure to stop at a stop sign tickets, etc. This means tickets received for texting while driving in San Antonio are considered non-moving violations and will not be reported on an individual’s permanent driving record kept by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The new ordinance makes it illegal to make use of a “hand-held mobile communication device to send, read or write a text message, view pictures or written text, whether transmitted by Internet or other electronic means, engage in gaming or any other use of the device, besides dialing telephone numbers or talking to another person, while operating a moving motor vehicle.” is associated with The Coquat Law Firm, a full service law firm providing legal services for traffic tickets, speeding tickets, minors in possession of alcohol (MIP), driving while intoxicated (DWI) and in the following areas: litigation, construction law, small business law, wills, probate, estate planning, guardianships, intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, franchising, contract law, contract review and drafting, real estate law, debt collections and debt negotiations.

About the Author

Justin A. Coquat is a founding member of The Coquat Law Firm, P.C. Mr. Coquat has represented clients with Traffic Tickets, Speeding Tickets, CDL Tickets and MIPs for over seven years and has resolved an excess of 2,500 citations. He is a San Antonio native who went to The University of the Incarnate Word and then South Texas College of Law in Houston. Mr. Coquat represents victims of traffic tickets in the San Antonio Municipal Court, Bexar County Justice of the Peace Courts, Schertz Municipal Court, Selma Municipal Court, Leon Valley, Helotes, Hollywood Park, Alamo Heights, Shavano Park and Garden Ridge. He also resolves traffic tickets in other local jurisdictions such as the Helotes Municipal Court, Marion Municipal Court, Elmendorf Municipal Court, Three Rivers Municipal Court, George West Municipal Court and Justice of the Peace Courts in Comal County, Guadalupe County, Atascosa County and Live Oak County . Mr Coquat can be reached for a free traffic ticket defense consultation at 210-745-2825.

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Ozzie - August 16, 2014 Reply

Daughter was injured by driver who was texting and ran red light. Her 2007 Honda Accord was totaled and she ended up in the hospital with broken ribs, contutions to her right knee and ankle, cuts and bruises. Accident took place on Loop 1604 and Hausman Wednesday, August13, 2014. What advise can you give us.

    Justin A. Coquat, J.D. - September 26, 2014 Reply

    Ozzie, for more information in regards to your comment please feel free to call our offices at: (210)745-0144.

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