Houston Traffic Ticket Attorney Paul B. Kennedy
1415 North Loop West, Suite 102, Houston, Texas 77008
Tel: (713) 864-9727  Fax: (866) 587-2584
DWI Defense, Criminal Defense, Traffic Tickets, Family Law
New Texas Traffic Laws going into effect on September 1, 2009 give the
police more reasons to pull you over
HB 357

ALL occupants of a car or truck must wear a seatbelt, regardless of their age or where they sit.

The definition of passenger vehicle will now include passenger vans designed to transport 15 or
fewer passengers.

Motorcycle operators may not carry a passenger under the age of 5 unless that passenger is
seated in a sidecar.

SB 61

All children under the age of 8 must be restrained in an approved child passenger seat UNLESS
the child is at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. The fine for committing an offense will be $250 and a
special court cost will be added to help TxDOT provide safety seats for low income families. While
the law goes into effect on September 1, 2009, officer may not issue citations until June 1, 2010;.

HB 55

School zones are now off limits to drivers using wireless communication devices -- unless the
vehicle is at a stop or the operator is using a hands-free model. In order to enforce this
prohibition, signs must be posted at the beginning of each school zone to inform drivers of the
prohibition. It is a defense to prosecution if the operator is making an emergency phone call.

HB 2730

A driver's license suspension will now be mandatory for anyone convicted of driving while
intoxicated with a child passenger. The reinstatement fee after completing an education class will
be raised from $50 to $100. Minors will no longer be able to avoid license penalties if they turn 21
before their court date.
Call Houston criminal defense attorney Paul B. Kennedy if you've been charged with any moving
violation. Just paying that ticket can have severe consequences on your ability to drive in Texas.