Cell Phone Ordinance

Post Date:04/21/2017 8:41 AM

Texting and driving is against the law on all public streets in Grand Prairie and may result in fines up to $200.

According to the ordinance, a person commits an offense if, while operating a motor vehicle, a wireless communication device is used to:

  • Send, read, or write a text message, view pictures or written text, whether transmitted by|
    internet or other electronic means, or
  • Engage in gaming or any other use of the device, besides dialing telephone numbers
    to talk to another person.

Exceptions include:

  • Vehicle is stopped or out of moving lanes of the roadway (the driver must pull off the road
    and park in a safe place, such as a parking lot)
  • Strictly engaging in a telephone conversation, including dialing or deactivating the call
  • As a global positioning or navigation device (as long as it is hands free)
  • Communicating with an emergency response operator, fire department, law enforcement
    agency, hospital, physician’s office or health clinic
  • Reasonable belief that a person’s life or safety is in immediate danger
  • Solely in a voice-activated or hands-free mode.

In addition to public streets, the ordinance applies to all school zones where the use of wireless communication devices is banned, unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used. 

An offense of this ordinance is not a moving violation and may not be made part of an individual’s driving or insurance records.

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