With their slogan “No Hands, No Hassle” the city hopes to inform San Marcos residents and visitors of the new law and to make the transition to hands-free devices while driving as smooth as possible. The council recognized the seriousness of driving while talking or texting and designed the new law to protect those who are driving, walking, or riding their bikes from inattentive drivers.
Starting March 1, 2016 officers in San Marcos will be on the lookout for violators and begin issuing tickets. Fines for a first offense is $100, a second citation is $250, and if stopped a third time the fines rises to $500. The point of the law is to encourage people to put down the phone and stay attentive. Statistics show that accidents happen more often when drivers are distracted while using a cell phone. People who use their cell phones while driving put the lives of their passengers, pedestrians and other drivers at risk of injury, or even death.
Austin, Texas adopted a similar ordinance prohibiting the use of electronic hand-held devices while operating a car or bicycle back in January 2015. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it’s extremely important to contact a personal injury attorney immediately in order to preserve certain legal rights. If you are looking for an Austin Distracted Driving Accident Attorney contact Terry and Kelly, PLLC today at 512-910-2000 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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In previous years, the National Safety Council (NSC) has observed Distracting Driving Awareness Month in April. In 2020, the NSC announced it was postponing this awareness month until October due to the main focus of our population on the COVID-19 pandemic. While the specific educational programs planned by the NSC have been postponed, it is […]