Albuquerque Motorists Need to Know These New Mexico Texting While Driving Laws

To prevent distracted driving car accidents, New Mexico has enacted strict texting while driving laws of which all motorists need to be aware.

Driving is a complex task that requires your undivided attention. Engaging in any type of distracted driving behavior puts you and other motorists at risk for serious and potentially life threatening car accidents and injuries. This is particularly true when it comes to texting while driving. In light of the overall number of distracted driving accidents that occur in the state, New Mexico has enacted strict laws prohibiting texting while driving, of which all motorists need to be aware.

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Looking away from the road for even a few seconds is long enough to cause critical errors, increasing your risk of car accidents and injuries. The numbers of distracted driving-related crashed is growing every year in New Mexico, and throughout the country.

While changing GPS settings, eating or drinking behind the wheel, reaching for items in your glove compartment, and talking to passengers in the back seat all distract your attention, making car accidents more likely, texting while driving is even more dangerous. This is because it involves all three classifications of distracted driving behaviors identified by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) :

● Physical distractions, causing you to take your hands off the wheel;

● Visual distractions, causing you to take your eyes off the road;

● Cognitive distractions, causing your attention to be diverted from the task of driving itself.

Laws Concerning Texting While Driving in Texas

In an effort to help reduce the number of distracted driving car accidents, Texas has enacted strict texting while driving laws. These include:

● Texting while driving prohibited. This includes reading, writing, or sending electronic messages, except in emergency situations. Some areas have additional restrictions, such as the City of Albuquerque , which bans all handheld devices.

● Drivers banned from using handheld devices or texting in school zones. Across the state, it is illegal to use any handheld device in school zones, where children are often walking or at play.

● Bans for drivers under 18. Anyone under 18 is banned specifically from using cell phones for any purpose while driving, other than in emergency situations.

Emergencies are classified as situations in which the caller is talking to police, fire officials, or emergency medical service (EMS) workers. In Texas, texting while driving is a primary offense, meaning law enforcement officials need no other reason for pulling you over. Penalties for violations include fines of up to $200, as well as being legally liable for damages suffered by others in the event a car accident does occur. .

Contact The Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr.

When car accidents caused by distracted drivers do occur, the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. are here to help. Contact our Albuquerque car accident attorney to request a consultation today.