New Rules For Texas Drivers

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Click It, Or Ticket ad campaign has become part of driving-pop culture.  But questions remain as to who is legally bound to actually click it inside the car.

Everyone is supposed to wear their seat belt, or at least that's what Terri Bullock thought.

"It surprises me because I thought that was the law all along," she said.

In fact, right now in the state of Texas, front seat passengers and anyone under the age of 17 riding in the backseat are required to buckle-up. That will soon change.

On September 1, anyone, regardless of age, will be required to wear a seat belt.  If not, drivers will not be the only ones at fault.

"If you're a 15-year-old child riding in the back seat, the ticket goes in your name," said Officer Don Martin, public information officer for the Tyler Police Department.

Any child younger than eight years old will also be required to ride in an approved child safety seat unless the child is at least 4 feet 9 inches tall.

Martin said it may take some getting used to, but he said he does not expect too many problems with east Texas drivers.

New school zone rules are coming just in time for back to school.  It will also be against the law to use a wireless communication device in a school zone unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used.

Martin said cities who enforce the law are required to post signs warning drivers before they enter those school zones.  He said it will be one more thing officers will be on the look out for this fall.

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