Sugar Land considers phone ban for drivers

Sugar Land police are asking the public how they feel about a cell phone ban.

SUGAR LAND, Texas – Be honest: On an average day, do you pick up your phone during your commute? Most of us want to say no. "Want" is the key word.

Well, Sugar Land is considering banning cell phones on the road.

In fact from 2014 to 2015, Sugar Land Police saw an increase. And an interstection at Highway 59 at the Grand Parkway is a hot spot for accidents.

KHOU 11 News fact-checked that statement by pulling crash data. In 2014, 108 accidents were linked to cell phones. That was about 18-percent of all wrecks.

Last year, 116 accidents were linked to cellphones, also about 18 percent of total crashes.

And we're not talking fender benders. A vast majority left drivers with more than $1,000 worth of damage.

Now remember, it's already illegal to use your phone in a school zone. Sugar Land Police are looking at the success of that, too.

“So even though the signage is up, even though pretty much everyone knows it's a law, it's still being violated,” Sugar Land Police Chief Scott Schultz said.

Sugar Land isn't making a decision quickly.

In fact, they're spending several months listening to folks, from public meetings to an online survey on the city's website.

And, you have options to choose from:

  • Option one would allow drivers to use their phones to make calls – but no texting.
  • Option two is a complete cellphone ban while driving. Hands-free only.
  • Option three calls for no change.

Right now, option two is the most popular.

Police will present all their info to the city council in December. So speak now or forever hold your peace.


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