Texas already prohibits cellphone use in school zones, but the new law prohibits the use of cellphones while waiting in drop-off lanes (kiss-n-rides) or driving in school parking lots. The fine is $200 if caught. Use of hands-free devices are still exempt.
Also, the fine for passing a school bus while its lights are flashing has increased. Prior to Sunday, a violator could be fined anywhere between $200-$1,000. Now, violators can expect to pay between $500 and $1,250 if caught on camera or pulled over by police.
The Dallas Morning News reported that “the bump came after research by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services showed that many drivers were disregarding rules against passing stopped school buses.”