Austin council paves way for ban on texting while driving

Posted by on August 28, 2009 at 9:04 am.

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved a resolution directing city staff to create an ordinance banning texting while driving in the city limits.

Beyond texting, the measure would prohibit drivers from checking email or viewing the Internet on their mobile phones or other portable electronic devices.

A new state law that takes effect on Sept. 1 already bans drivers from talking on their cell phones or texting while in school zones.

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