Austin Considers Texting Ban - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/5/08

Austin Considers Texting Ban

Laws against hand held cell phone use while driving has been passed in New York and California and now the City of Austin is considering a similar resolution, specifically aimed at texting. 

Austin City Council Member, Mike Martinez, says, "I believe the task force has discussed this for quite some time and what the information tells us is that it is just really unsafe to be texting while driving your car". 

A Liberty Mutual study found text messaging is the leading distraction for teen drivers.  The task force recommendation in Austin would require a hands free device if you use the phone while driving and it would ban texting at the wheel altogether.

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