Driving While Texting Could Become Illegal In West U.

November 9, 2009

The West University Place City Council tonight will consider approving a new city law that would ban texting, emailing or surfing the web while driving anywhere in the city.

Drivers could still send electronic messages while stopped and make phone calls while driving. Calling 911 would be allowed at any time.

The West U. City Council already restricted cell phone use in school zones, now it will consider a citywide prohibition on texting while driving.

The West U. City Council already restricted cell phone use in school zones, now it will consider a citywide prohibition on texting, emailing and web surfing while driving.

Making phone calls in school zones would still be prohibited, unless the driver uses a hands-free device. West U. was one of the first Texas cities to ban using mobile phones in school zones completely, but the city’s ordinance was trumped by a new Texas law that allows using hands-free devices in school zones.

Councilman Steven Segal proposed the citywide texting ban in mid September, and the council asked city staff to draft the ordinance.

The non-profit group the National Safety Council called on federal and state legislators in January to ban texting while driving. The group cited several studies showing that texting while driving can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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