Traffic Tip: Law restrict cellphone use on school property
By David Brogger
Feb. 9, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.
Wireless phones and other devices can be used on school property under certain circumstances.
Wireless communication devices, such as cellphones, can be used on school property if the vehicle is stopped, if it is used with a hands-free device or to make an emergency phone call.
Why this specific code and how does it relate to parking in Victoria?
This is a recent new law that went into effect Sept. 1.
Hands-free device is defined as a device that allows the use of a wireless cellphone without the use of either of the operator's hands.
While patrolling school zones throughout Victoria, I commonly see drivers in violation of this traffic code. Most commonly, I see drivers holding their cellphone with one or both hands with their head down, looking at their phone while traveling through the parking lot.
While operating a motor vehicle, it is important to remember that the environment around you is constantly changing, and your complete, undivided attention is needed to be a safe defense driver. Young children oftentimes forget to look both ways before crossing the roadway, and if your attention is directed toward your cellphone and not the changing environment around your vehicle, you could strike a pedestrian or another vehicle the next time you move your vehicle forward.
For more information, go to Texas Transportation code 545.4252 Use of Wireless Communication Device on School Property; Offense.
The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites residents to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is to go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.
If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.