Section 8: Cell Phone Use Prohibited SignAnchor: #WLTSAVHE
Cell Phone Use Prohibited Signs (Within School Zone)
The use of cell phones within school zones is prohibited (unless used with a hands-free device) under Section 545.425 of the Texas Transportation Code. A city ordinance or resolution is not required to install and enforce the CELL PHONE USE PROHIBITED (S7-1T) sign within school zones. The prohibition of the use of cell phones within a school zone can only be enforced if the CELL PHONE USE PROHIBITED (S7-1T) sign is installed below the ground-mounted school speed limit sign (S5-1) or beside the overhead school speed limit sign (S6-1T). See Part 7 of the Texas Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD).
TXDOT will pay for the cost and installation of these signs for on-system highways within a city with a population of 50,000 or less or outside incorporated areas. All school zones within the incorporated limits of a municipality with a population of 50,000 or more or along off-system roadways will be installed and maintained by local government forces.
Refer to Figure 8-5 for sign assembly example.Anchor: #i1009498
Cell Phone Use Prohibited (Within City Limits)
An incorporated municipality may pass a city ordinance restricting the use of a cell phone or features of a cell phone (e.g. texting, emailing, etc.) within their city limits. Municipalities, with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approval, may install regulatory signs along state maintained roadways (at or near the posted CITY LIMIT signs) that inform motorists of the ordinance. The municipalities are responsible for all costs associated with these signs, including maintenance.
Figure 8-5. Example of Cell Phone Use Prohibited sign assembly.