Public Safety Commission supports proposal to ban cellphones in cars

AUSTIN -- Talking, texting or using a cellphone in a car, even if it's stopped at a red light, took a step closer to becoming illegal in Austin on Monday night.

Austin's Public Safety Commission approved a recommendation made by a special committee assigned to look at how to stiffen the 'No Driving or Texting' ordinance already on Austin's books.

It's already illegal to text and drive in Austin, but officers say that's tough to enforce.

The special committee recommended to the Austin City Council that it become illegal to talk, text or use a cellphone behind the wheel of an operating car, even if it's not moving.

The only exceptions in the proposal are emergencies and commercial drivers can use two-way radios.

Drivers would be allowed to pull into a parking lot and put the car in park to use their cellphone.

The City Council is holding a public hearing on the issue at its next meeting, Aug. 7. City leaders are expected to vote on the issue Aug. 28.


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