It seems like everyone is always on their phone when you drive down the road in Kerrville. Drivers always seem to be distracted while driving, whether it be talking on their phone, texting someone, checking their emails, or even checking their Facebook pages. You might even be reading this article while driving, although we hope not! Have you ever wondered what the actual laws in Kerrville are regarding using your cell phone while driving? A Kerrville Breaking News reporter decided to learn the facts about it.
In Texas, there are laws in place prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. In 2017, TxDot passed state laws pertaining to this subject.
Drivers with learner’s permits are prohibited from using their cell phones for the first 6 months and drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using their cell phones while driving. School bus drivers with kids present are prohibited from using cell phones, and as always, school zones are a no cell phone territory.
Since 2009, more than 90 Texas cities have adopted 1 or more ordinances against using cell phones while driving and more than 40 cities have completely banned the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle, San Antonio being one of them.
In Kerrville, however, there are currently no ordinances regarding cell phone usage while driving. Soon this could all change. Kerrville City Council is working to pass their own ordinances involving using your cell phone while operating your vehicle.
This ordinance will prohibit the use of cell phones in the city, even at stop lights. Citizens will be able to use their cell phones if they are reporting a crime or accident to law enforcement or if they are communicating with an emergency response operator or medical professional regarding a medical emergency. They can also use their phones to navigate with a GPS system. Drivers will be able to use hands free devices.
Once the ordinance is passed, which will probably take place in the near future, it will take approximately three months to implement and install the necessary warning signs in the area. While fines will be issued at the judges discretion, breaking the law would not amount to a moving violation, therefore it won’t impact vehicle insurances.
1 in 5 vehicle accidents in Texas are the result of phone usage while driving. Drivers should always wait to answer and make calls and receive and send text messages until their vehicle is safely stopped.
If you don’t agree with the proposed ordinances from Kerrville City Council, it is advised to attend an upcoming city council meeting to allow council members to hear your thoughts and concerns.
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