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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CAR BUYER ABOUT THE NEW CITY OF AUSTIN ORDINANCE THAT WENT INTO EFFECT JAN 1, 2015.
"AUSTIN is a hands-free city (now)
To avoid fines up to $500, put your phone away or consider using a hands-free system such as Bluetooth or headphones, or an affixed GPS system.
Austin is leading the state of Texas in the effort to refocus drivers on the task of driving. The hands-free initiative aims to increase safety by decreasing distracted driving in Austin.
The Law – Vehicles and Bikes
As defined in Ordinance No. 20140828-041, portable electronic device means a hand-held,
Hand-held cell phone use is permitted in the event of an emergency such calling 9-1-1 or 3-1-1 to report a crime or an accident. Even in an emergency situation, it is best to pull over and come to a complete stop before using or operating any mobile or hand-held device.
A driver of a motor vehicle may not use a phone, tablet, or other device to view, send, or compose an electronic message while moving, per existing City of Austin Ordinance No. 20091022-028 and Ordinance No. 20091217-090. This law is commonly known as the texting-while-driving ban. Drivers may use their device to send messages while at a complete stop.
• Using a cell phone for any reason
• Eating and drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Reading, including maps
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 Player
The City of Austin urges you to focus on the road, the rest can wait."