Weird New Driving Laws That May Be Coming To Texas
Our fearless leaders have been busy and, as drivers, we Texans could soon be looking at some new rules.
A handful of new laws are in the works and they affect almost every Texas driver. I say "almost" because you have to meet some pretty strict criteria to qualify for the first one on the list. Read more on Texas driver laws here.
From who can use the carpool lane to how you can present your driver license; here are a few things to (maybe) look forward to. Or, dread ... your call.
- A human fetus will soon qualify as a "passenger" and allow the driver, (assuming she's a legit, biological "she" who is indeed "with child" and alone at the time), to use "carpool" lanes. I'm not sure exactly how cops will confirm the pregnancy.
- Digital DL's. Another proposed law would allow digital driver licenses, meaning you could show it to officials by simply pulling it up on your smart phone. I'm not sure if liquor stores, bars, etc will go for that one so, keep your hard copy handy.
- Another potential change would allow an exception to the law requiring both front and rear license plates. For a $50 fee, you may soon be able to ditch that front plate. You know, the plate no one can see anyway because you keep bending it further and further backwards by ramming it into curbs?
- No More Phone Use. You already have to use a "hands-free" device while driving in Texas but this bill would forbid cell phone use entirely while driving.
My question on the "absolute" phone ban also applies to enforcement. How will cops be able to tell if a driver is using a (potentially banned) hands-free device to make a phone call or just singing? Talking to themselves, maybe.
They could also just be yelling at their radio. Something that is especially likely if they're listening to Buzz.