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.”
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