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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 22:01

Handheld Cellphone Ban Considered in Austin

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.

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