The state bans cell phone use, both handheld and hands free, and texting by new drivers (first 12 months of license) and bus drivers with passengers aged 17 and younger.
Texting and the use of handheld cell phones and other devices is prohibited when driving through school zones.
Although there are no statewide cell phone or texting prohibitions for the general public, the Texas Department of Transportation does sponsor a "Talk. Text. Crash." distracted driving awareness campaign that discourages state residents from talking, texting, eating, smoking, or reaching for articles within a vehicle while driving. Information is available at http://www.txdot.gov
Several cities, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, and Galveston, and municipalities have passed an ordinance banning various forms of distracted driving, including texting and messaging and the use of handheld cell phones and communication devices.