AUSTIN (KXAN) - On Sunday, nearly 700 bills from the Texas’ last legislative session become law. As many Texans travel this Labor Day weekend, they will be returning home with even more rules on the road.
Move over. Slow down.
TxDOT is making sure you do just that when you approach one of its vehicles with its lights flashing. Drivers already have to do this for police and emergency vehicles. Depending on the severity, a violation could cost you $2,000.
Two license plates
Texas drivers must display two license plates – front and back – assigned to the vehicle when they are on a public highway. Lawmakers wanted to clarify this penalty – up to a $200 fine.
Passing a school bus
The fines are going up for passing a stopped school when kids are getting on or off. The minimum goes from $200 to $500. The maximum goes from $1,000 to $1,250.
Cell phones in school zones
It was already against the law to use a cell phone in a school crossing zone. Now that includes the entire campus – anywhere you can drive. It only counts during the time the reduced speed limit is in effect, except with a hands-free device or while stopped. Of course, you can still make emergency calls.
For a complete list of new Texas laws going into effect Sunday, click here.
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