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Austin officials move to toughen cellphone law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin officials have proposed banning nearly all hand-held cellphone use while driving.

The Austin Public Safety Commission approved a recommendation Monday night to stiffen the city’s No Driving or 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 will hold a hearing Thursday on the creation of the changes.

 

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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