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New State Laws Now in Effect

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

We want to remind you of a few new laws in the Lone Star State that didn't already apply locally.

As of Sunday,

  • The minimum fine for passing a school bus loading or unloading kids is up to $500 from $200.
  • Drivers are now permitted to use a cell phone as proof of insurance.
  • The States' Move Over-Slow Down Law has been expanded. When approaching a Texas Department of Transportation vehicle when its lights are flashing, you must move over and slow down.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident in which someone is killed or failing to render aid is now a second degree felony. It was a third degree.
  • Don't make false emergencies as that's now a state jail felony.
  • Unharvested salvia is now considered a controlled substance.    
  • Lastly, if you're a sex offender and use a fake id to avoid registering, it's now punishable by the next highest degree felony.
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