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Cell Phone Use in
Cars is Illegal in Texas as of September
Summary of the eRumor
An alleged new law in
Texas, House Bill 281, prohibits the use of a cell phone in a car
unless the car is stopped or the phone is not being used in the
driver's hands. It goes into effect on September 1, 2003.
This story is not true.
House Bill 281 was one of several pieces of legislation introduced
into the Texas legislature for 2003 that would have limited the use
of cell phones in cars, none of which passed.
This particular bill was introduced by Representative Paul Moreno,
D- El Paso and according to the Texas legislature website, was left
pending in committee when the legislative session was over.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: Texas House Bill 281 - cell phone use in cars - effective
FYI. New law for cell phone using in car in Texas.
Please pass this e-mail to other people who live or will drive in Texas.
Texas House Bill 281 - cell phone use in cars -
Sec. 545.425. USE OF TELEPHONE; OFFENSE. (a) An
operator may not use a telephone while operating a motor vehicle unless:
(1) the vehicle is stopped; or
(2) the telephone is used without use of either of the
(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor
punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $100. SECTION 2.
This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.
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