Cell Phone Ordinance
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.
- 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.