Regional
10:31 am
Mon August 31, 2009

New Texas Driving/Seatbelt Laws

El Paso – Texas drivers are going to have to buckle up and pipe down under new driving laws that go into effect Tuesday.

For the first time, everyone in a vehicle will need to wear a seat belt not just those in the front seat or younger than 15.

Drivers also must secure children younger than 8 in car safety seats, not just those 4 and younger.

And, talking on a cell phone while driving in a school zone will no longer be allowed.

The restrictions are greater for younger drivers they can't talk on cell phones or text message at all while driving.

Rep. Joe Pickett of El Paso says some drivers are going to have to change their behavior, but the changes aren't too onerous and will save lives. Pickett leads the House Transportation Committee.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.