Texas Hands-Free Law: Where to Mount Your Phone in Your CarBy Bryden McGrath
June 29, 2018
If you’re a Texan, then you probably already know that your state has joined most other states in essentially banning texting while driving.
There are exceptions you should be aware of for both texting and hands-free calling. And, of course, having a proper phone mount is still crucial for keeping your device secure and accessible for GPS purposes and emergency situations. Here’s what to know about the new restrictions, including what’s changed in regard to texting and hands-free calling, and where to legally mount your phone in your vehicle when driving in Texas.
The New Texas Distracted Driving, Texting & Hands-Free Law
Effective on September 1, 2017, Texas H.B. No. 62 introduced major changes to the law for drivers. Here’s a breakdown of what is and isn’t allowed, as well as the penalties for breaking the law.
- Hands-free calling except in school zones
- Text messaging while your vehicle is stopped
- The use of apps for GPS apps, music apps, etc.
- Reading, sending, or replying to text messages while moving
- Hands-free calling and texting while in school zones
- Hands-free calling for bus drivers and new drivers
- Misdemeanor charges and fines range from $25 to $99
- Repeat offenders face charges and fines up to $200
- Anyone convicted of texting and driving who causes serious injury or death to others faces up to a $4,000 fine and up to one year in jail
So Where Can You Mount Your Phone in Your Car?
Section 547.613 of the state’s Transportation Code reads: “a person commits an offense that is a misdemeanor: (1) if the person operates a motor vehicle that has an object or material that is placed on or attached to the windshield or side or rear window and that obstructs or reduces the operator’s clear view.”
That means you should avoid using windshield mounts – such as suction cups – to secure your phone. However, that still leaves mounting locations like the dash, cup holders, and more that you can take advantage of. At RAM® Mounts, we’re proud to offer inventive mounting solutions to ensure you’re complying with the law while also keeping you, your passengers, and others on the road safe.
With the popular RAM® X-Grip® (pictured below), easily secure and remove your phone even if it’s in a case or sleeve.
Recommendations for Mounting Your Phone
Just because windshield mounts are a no-no doesn’t mean there aren’t a variety of mounting solutions for your device.
As the industry leader in vehicle mounts for everything from phones to tablets, cameras, and GPS devices, RAM® has several mounting base options to choose from. Pick from easy-to-install dash adhesive mounts, cup holder mounts, and even the popular RAM® Tough-Wedge™ – simply tuck it between the seat and the center console for a secure hold.
What do you think of the Texas hands-free law? Let us know in the comments!
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