As an Austin area resident, you have seen the growing pains to the area with the increased traffic. Adding more drivers to the roads multiplies the possibilities of a collision, especially if there are more drivers on the road who are breaking traffic laws in Texas.
The traffic laws in Texas are designed to prevent dangerous accidents that lead to injuries or deaths. Some driving laws are broken frequently and it’s important to remember that violating them can lead to serious accidents.
Distractions While Driving
One in every five crashes involves driver distraction, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Drivers in Austin must be use a hands-free device if they talk on the phone, however the ordinances vary from city to city in Texas. If you plan to drive anywhere else in the state, the best tip is to not pick up your phone and use it while driving. Never text and drive.
Fines can range from $200 to $500.
Exceeding the Speed Limit
One of the most common traffic violations is speeding. A driver could have his or her license suspended for driving excessively over the speed limit. First time speeders could face a fine of up to $200.
Illegal U-turns can result in a reckless driving ticket and lead to a collision. U-turns in Texas can only be made if the driver can clearly see 500 feet in front and behind his or her vehicle.
Driving Through Red Lights
Distracted driving, speeding, or failing to pay attention can all lead to a driver running a red light. Along with the possibility of getting into an accident, if a driver is caught going through a red light at an intersection with red light cameras, the fine is about $75. However, if an officer stops a driver, the fine can be as much as $200.
Failing to Use Headlights
If visibility is less than 1,000 feet, a driver in Texas must turn on the car’s headlights. This gives the driver better visibility and helps other drivers see your car.
Our remarkable team of employees at Ellis and Salazar Garage and Body Shop are residents in the Austin area too. We care about them and our customers and hope all Central Texas drivers follow the traffic laws.
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