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Sugar Land Becomes The Latest City To Ban Texting While Driving

Police will issue warnings for the first 90 days. Then they’ll start giving tickets that carry heavy fines.

The Sugar Land City Council passed an ordinance last month that prohibits anyone from using a portable electronic device while driving, unless it’s in hands-free mode or if it’s an emergency. That new measure is now in effect. 

To get people used to the new ordinance Sugar Land will have a community awareness campaign, and police will issue warnings for the first 90 days. After that drivers get a ticket. The fine could go as high as $500.

The ordinance goes into effect as lawmakers consider a statewide ban on texting and driving. A measure won tentative approval in the House last week.

According to TxDOT, the state has about 100,000 crashes a year because of distracted driving.  

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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