Distracted Driving Awareness Month

person driving while texting

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving encompasses any activity that diverts your focus from driving SAfely. It’s not just about phones – distractions include eating, grooming and adjusting navigation, and for young drivers, having friends in the car poses a significant hazard.

Using handheld devices like phones is especially dangerous because they demand your eyes, hands and focus.

Texas Cellphone Laws

  • Sending or receiving electronic messages while driving is prohibited in Texas.
  • Using any handheld device while driving in a school zone is illegal.
  • School bus drivers are strictly forbidden from using cellphones while driving while children are onboard.
  • Drivers under 18 years old are not allowed to use handheld devices.

For more information, visit Texas Texting While Driving Laws.

San Antonio Hands-Free Ordinance

When driving a motor vehicle, you are prohibited from:

  • Making or receiving calls
  • Sending, reading or writing text messages
  • Viewing pictures or text
  • Playing electronic games
  • Using the device for any other purpose

Parked does not include a vehicle stopped in a lane of traffic due to lawful traffic control devices, or traffic congestion patterns.

For additional details, refer to the COSA Hands-Free Ordinance (PDF).


Put it away.
Place your mobile device out of sight.
Know where you’re going.
If using a navigation system, program the destination before driving.
Pull over.
If you have to call or text while on the road, pull off the road safely and stop first.
Ask passengers for help.
If riding with someone, seek their help to navigate, make a call or send a message.
Be a good passenger.
Speak out if the driver of your vehicle is distracted.
Don’t be a distraction.
Avoid calling or texting others when you know they are driving.