Austin officials have proposed banning nearly all handheld cellphone use while driving.
The Austin Public Safety Commission approved a recommendation to stiffen the city’s 'No Driving while Texting' ordinance. The commissioners recommended to the city council that it become illegal to talk, text or use a cellphone behind the wheel of a vehicle. That change includes vehicles stopped at lights or in traffic.
Drivers would still be able to call 911 or talk while parked in a lot or on the shoulder.
It’s already illegal to text and drive in the Texas capital, but police say the law is hard to enforce.
The council held a hearing on Aug. 7 regarding the changes.