Articles Tagged with texting and driving ban

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texting-and-driving-addiction-300x200Texting and driving has been a growing problem in the United States for years. More and more law enforcement officials are making efforts to reduce texting while driving in order to keep roads safer.

Finally, after six years of trying by the Texas legislature, texting while driving is illegal as of September 1, 2017. We were almost the last state in the U.S. to restrict this dangerous practice. A $25 citation and other restrictions watered the deterrent value down, but the new law making texting while driving a misdemeanor is a good start.

Another proposed statute that would have blocked municipalities from imposing their own stricter texting while driving regulations was not passed.

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Closeup of a smart phone with a female hand texting and driving.On November 18, the Bedford City Council passed a new ordinance banning the use of electronic devices while driving. The City of Bedford joins only a handful of Texas cities that have instituted a ban on electronic device use in vehicles. Arlington and Grand Prairie passed similar ordinances.

Electronic device use includes using cell phones in any capacity – texting, phone calls, internet browsing. The only electronic devices that may be used at any time in a moving vehicle are GPS navigation devices (dashboard mount or on-board systems). Cell phone calls may be placed using hands-free devices or in emergency situations.

Bedford is preparing an awareness campaign to alert citizens of the new ordinance and emphasize on the dangers of distracted driving.

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