Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber touched base on the fact that the No Texting While Driving Law is a few weeks from going into effect in the State of Texas including in Maverick County.
“The Maverick County Sheriff Department is in preparations to begin enforcing this new law throughout our community. As we all know that a no cell phone use law is set in place in the area of school zones but the No Texting While Driving will be enforceable everywhere that you’re driving. Once this law goes into effect on September 1st we will be ticketing people for not following it.
I do recommend that people seriously reconsider their actions behind the wheel. I also do recommend that people consider seek to go hands free on their device use by purchasing a hands free accessory. That is one possible option but if you are detected to be driving and texting at the same time you will be ticketed.”
Schmerber does advice the community that as of September 1, 2017 texting while driving will be illegal in Texas including in Maverick County.
Governor Greg Abbott signed the ban into law during June ending a decade-long effort to reduce potential deadly driver distractions across the entire state and its roadways. Texting While Driving will be punishable by a fine of up to $99 for first-time offenders and $200 for repeat offenses.