No Driving-While-Texting In West U?

September 14, 2009

West University Place was the first Texas municipality to ban cell phones – including hands-free devices – in a school zone.

And, even though the Texas Legislature changed that ordinance last year by allowing drivers to use such hands-free devices, the city is preparing to discuss texting in school zones.

West U Mayor Bob Kelly and Councilman Steven Segal are on the agenda to give the City Council a report on texting while driving in school zones at the City Council meeting Monday, September 14.

In January, the National Safety Council called on state and federal lawmakers to ban the use of cell phones and text-messaging devices while driving, and also urged businesses to prohibit it.

The non-profit, non-government group cited several studies showing that texting-while-driving can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

In California, it is already illegal to text-while-driving, send e-mails while driving, or to look up information in the Internet while driving. The California law took effect in January.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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