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Tim Park for The Texas Tribune

The Texas Senate on Wednesday gave tentative approval to a measure that pre-empts local ordinances on drivers’ mobile phone usage, effectively rolling back safety laws in the 45 Texas cities where local governments enforce stricter regulations than the state. 

Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Statewide Ban On Texting While Driving

Jun 6, 2017
Illustration by Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law a bill that creates a statewide ban on texting while driving.

From Texas Standard:

in 46 states, texting while driving is illegal. But not in Texas. It appears that could change on Tuesday. Though many cities in Texas ban using smartphones while driving, a bill is en route to the governor's desk that specifically outlaws texting while driving. But your apps and GPS might still be within legal reach.

Bill To Ban Texting While Driving In Texas Clears Senate

May 19, 2017
Tim Park for The Texas Tribune

Legislation that would create a statewide texting while driving ban overcame a last-ditch attempt in the Senate on Friday to gut the bill. The bill's author, state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, said he will concur with the changes the Senate made. The measure will then head to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

A statewide ban on texting while driving was unanimously approved Monday by the Senate Committee on State Affairs and is now headed to the full Texas Senate.

Can A Garbled Text Mean Stroke?

Jan 14, 2013

You probably get text messages often with misspellings and abbreviations.  But doctors say mistakes in texting  sometimes suggest a problem more serious than bad grammar.  

Texas already bans the use of cell phones for calls and texting for bus drivers and novice drivers (during the first 12 months). We ban hand-held cell phones and texting for all drivers in school zones. There’ve been calls to do more nationwide, but commentator Merrie Spaeth questions if it would really work.

Dallas, TX – Starting Friday, Arlington police will begin enforcing a ban on texting and driving. KERA's BJ Austin reports.

The Arlington City Council passed the ban on texting while driving in September. It prohibits the use of cell phones by a driver except for making a phone call. No texting, no Facebook posting, no Googling.