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Claim: A bill passed by the Texas legislature will outlaw using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle as of
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: It is true that a bill proposing a state law to ban the use of telephones by persons who are simultaneously operating motor vehicles (unless the phone is of a
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:However, this bill has not been enacted as law. It was sent to committee in
SECTION 1. Subchapter I, Chapter 545, Transportation Code, is amended by adding Section 545.425 to read as follows:
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 operator's hands.
(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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