10 things you didn’t know about the San Antonio hands free law

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the San Antonio

Hands Free Law

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On November 6, 2014 San Antonio passed the hands free ordinance.

1)   It’s already illegal to use your hand held device in San Antonio! Under the old law, the problem was enforceability, as it allowed drivers to make and accept calls, allowing drivers to say to San Antonio police officers, “No, officer, I wasn’t texting, I was making a call”.¹

2)  It won’t be enforced until FEB 1st! The San Antonio hands free ordinance doesn’t go into effect until January 1st, however there will be a 30-day grace period where San Antonio police officers will only hand out warnings.

3)  UTSA campus police officers can give you a hands free ordinance ticket…as well as any campus or school district officer that is “duly authorized to issue traffic citations by the city of San Antonio” ²

4)  What about Google Maps?? Under San Antonio’s hands free ordinance, you may use your phone as a navigation device IF it is affixed to your vehicle.

5)  “Keep ‘em on the wheel, San Antonio” is the name of the media campaign that will be launched by the San Antonio Police Department, to inform the public of the new hands free ordinance.

6)  Siri is your new bae (Before Anybody Else). After the thirty day grace period, San Antonio police officers can give you a fine of up to $200 if they catch you on your phone!

7)  Doesn’t matter if you’re at a stop sign, stuck in traffic or at a stoplight, you can still get a fine for using your phone.

8)  San Antonio school zones were already protected by the previous hands free law, but now those same restrictions are city-wide.∗

9)  Pull OVER!  If you are legally parked, you may use your hand held device.

10)  10-4 you’re clear! Ham radio operators will not be affected by the ordinance. Truckers rejoice.

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¹ http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/City-Council-considers-banning-San-Antonio-5875517.php

² https://www.sanantonio.gov/portals/0/Files/SAPD/Hands-Free-Ordinance-2015.pdf

http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2014/11/06/council-votes-to-ban-hand-held-devices-in-cars.html

18 thoughts on “10 things you didn’t know about the San Antonio hands free law

  • #11 …. NO municipality in the nation has seen a change in accident rates after inacting a Hands Free law including those ordinances over 5 years old.

  • FINALLY!! Hopefully this will soon spread out to the rest of Texas. I’m tired of following cars in the fast lane who are going slow because they’re texting; or following cars who are zig-zagging and aren’t DWI but texting; or having near misses because a driver is texting and almost veers into me….

    • There is no such thing as the fast lane. It is a passing lane that implies that if you are on the left lane you are passing a car… therefore you should be going faster.

  • It may not be fair to people that can’t afford Bluetooth, but in the same aspect, if u can afford an iPhone, Galaxy of any kind, or any other expensive phone, u can afford a Bluetooth. Just saying. I have a Bluetooth now and I don’t see why I haven’t bought one before. I will never have my phone to my ear ever again. The convenience!!!

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  • For #2, I think you need to change the “February 31st” to January 31st. Otherwise that statement makes no sense at all. Thank you.

  • #7 is a lie. If you read the ordinance, the language is very clear. A person commits an offense in a *moving* vehicle, notwithstanding the publicity campaign to the contrary.

    • Pat: Maybe you need to read the ordinance yourself, and not depend on these “make it simple” sites…

      “SEC 190-255 REGULATING THE USE IF HAND-HELD MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES WHILE DRIVING.

      (a) (4) PARKED OR PARKED….”parked” does not include or mean a vehicle stopped ina lane of traffic due to either a lawful traffic control device, or the conditions on the roadway, or traffic congestion patterns existing.”

      Pretty clear “language” to me…

  • Don’t feel the law is being enforced very well. I still see a lot of people talking on their cell phones when on they are driving.

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