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Don't Call and Drive in Austin

Understandably, texting has been banned while driving.  Now, talking on the phone.  Austin City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits the use of a portable electronic device by hand--while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle and making it a ticketable offense. Hands free devices are ok.  But, what if you don't have a smart phone or device--or have a car that is blue tooth enabled? 

People can still listen to audio books, can turn on their navigation---then put it away, and can still listen to music.  This ordinance doesn't apply to two-way radios in commercial vehicles, amateur radio operators and a few other operators licensed by the FCC and city vehicle operators. Taxicabs are also excluded.  It's not known how much fines will cost or how long of a grace period drivers in Austin will have before police will start ticketing. 

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