Thu January 1, 2015
How Will Austin Police Enforce the Hand-Held Device Ban? (Update)
Starting today, you won't be able to have your phone in your hands while driving your car, or while riding your bike.
The Austin City Council passed an ordinance in September prohibiting use of devices unless drivers are at a complete stop, or if there is an emergency. Those caught in the act by Austin police face a citation for a Class C misdemeanor, which will carry a fine of around $300.
While some studies suggest devices with hands-free capability doesn't necessarily reduce safety risk or increase reaction times, the move is an extension of the city's current ban on using devices while on the road. But what do Austin drivers think of the ban, and how Austin police plan to enforce it?
Note: This post was originally published on Sept. 1. It's been updated now that the ordinance has gone into effect.