HB 63 - Prohibits Texting While Driving - Texas Key Vote

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Title: Prohibits Texting While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits texting while operating a motor vehicle, effective September 1, 2013.


  • Prohibits an individual from using a handheld wireless communication device to read, write, or send a written message while operating a motor vehicle except in the following circumstances (Sec. 5):
    • The device is used in conjunction with voice-operated technology, a push-to-talk function, or a hands-free device;
    • The device is used while the motor vehicle is stopped;
    • The device is used to read or input a telephone number for the purpose of making a call;
    • The device is used to navigate a global positioning system; 
    • The device is used to contact emergency help; or
    • The individual reasonably believes the text-based communication concerns an emergency.
  • Prohibits a peace officer who stops a driver for an alleged violation of the provision from taking possession of or inspecting a wireless communication device without the consent of the driver (Sec. 5).
  • Classifies a violation of this bill as a misdemeanor, and establishes the following penalties for violations of this bill (Sec. 2):
    • For the first offense, a fine of no more than $100; and
    • For the second offense, a fine of no more than $200.
  • Rep. Jonathan Strickland is not listed in our vote breakdown because he was excused due to family matters; he would have voted “Nay.”