Texas

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Texas. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes full deployment of AVs without a human operator.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Helmets required for all riders under 21 as well as those who have not completed a safety course or have no medical insurance (secondarily enforced). Universal helmet law repealed 1997.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

6 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

85 and over: renewal every 2 years 79 and over: no electronic or mail renewal

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

75

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

75

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

75

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

75

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

75; 80 or 85 on specified segments

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

75; 80 or 85 on specified segments

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.15

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

90 days if .08 or greater; 180 days for refusal

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for repeat convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 8 yrs or under 57" tall

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8 yrs or older or over 57"

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

30 (10)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

Midnight - 5 a.m. (secondary enforcement)

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

No more than 1 under 21 (secondary enforcement)

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

18 years

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

7 and under who are over 57" 8 and over

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In What Seat?

All

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes, in school crossing zones and on public school property only. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes, with minor passengers. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 18. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Prohibited

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Prohibited

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Illegal

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Texas Receives Grant to Help Provide Safe Alternative to Drunk, Drugged Driving During Holidays

Texas is on the short list of states that received a grant aimed to help cut down on drunk or drugged driving this holiday season. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has partnered with Uber to award several states grants that will support initiatives to help prevent impaired driving.

Uber and GHSA Award Grants to Provide a Safe Alternative to Drunk and Drugged Driving During the Holidays

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in partnership with Uber, has awarded the CO, CT, MD, NM and TX State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) a total of $95,000 in grant funds and Uber ride credits to support initiatives to help prevent impaired driving this holiday season.

Uber and GHSA Award Grants to Provide a Safe Alternative to Drunk and Drugged Driving During the Holidays

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in partnership with Uber, has awarded the CO, CT, MD, NM and TX State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) a total of $95,000 in grant funds and Uber ride credits to support initiatives to help prevent impaired driving this holiday season.

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