Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Banned in Austin

September 2, 2014

The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the city council approved the law on Aug. 28. It takes effect Jan. 1.

Police will be able to cite motorists and bicyclists caught chatting, texting or tapping on smartphone applications while moving. Drivers stuck in traffic or at stoplights will be allowed to make a quick call or pick up their phone as long as their vehicle is at a stop.

The law doesn’t apply to the use of hands-free devices, two-way radios and emergency communications.

Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley says police will issue warnings for a limited time before issuing citations.

This expands an ordinance passed in 2009 banning texting while driving.

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  • September 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm
    ExciteBiker says:
    Agreed, he left Producers and Sales Reps off of his comment. I used to have a sales rep that drove with her knees while she talked on two different cell phones at the same tim... read more
  • September 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    producer #1 says:
    Agent, I am curious why you only think that students and gov't employees are addicted to their cell phones? Are you stating that everyone else is not? If so, that is crazy t... read more
  • September 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    Agent says:
    This should be a good revenue producer for Austin with all those goofy students and government employees who are total addicts to the cell.

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