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I don’t keep up with the news or politics of any kind really.  I watched the presidential inauguration this year because come on, everyone did! I just find I’m better off being blissfully ignorant about things that I have a hard time understanding anyway.  However, I did notice when I started to hear talk about a ban on texting while driving and other such electronic restrictions while operating a motor vehicle.  I’m not going to lie I do it far too often than I should, I’m sure most of us do.  I know how dangerous it can be and yet for some reason that knowledge hasn’t stopped me from doing it really.  Maybe this new law will. I have better things to spend my money on than fines for something that could’ve been easily avoided so at least for me, it’s a pretty damn compelling incentive.   In case you didn’t know a ban on doing certain things while operating a motor vehicle has passed state wide here in Texas and will take effect September 1st.  I mean Austin embraced a comprehensive ban on mobile devices in 2014 and did so without a fuss so why shouldn’t we?

So here it is, as of September 1st it will be illegal to read, write or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped.  Violators will be cited and face fines of $25 to $99 for a first offense and $100 to $200 for repeat offenders (though no points will be assigned). Governor Greg Abbott announced on June 6th of this year that he signed House Bill 62 into law so it’s legit guys.