Question: I heard that state legislature passed a law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving in school zones?
Answer: That is true…sort of. The law states that as of September 1, 2009, Texans may not operate a wireless communication device in a school zone without the use of hands-free equipment. This may include sending and receiving text messages, e-mail, or other content on your wireless communication device. The details? At every entrance to a school zone, the city, county, or other political subdivision must post a sign that conforms to TxDOT standards and warns drivers that the use of a wireless communication device without a hands-free device is illegal and that the operator may be subject to a fine. Absence of a sign is an “affirmation defense,” which means law enforcement probably won’t cite you unless signs are posted. Bottom line? Use a hands-free device if you must take calls when driving in a school zone.
Provided by Texas Realtor Magazine, August 2009