Austin Local News
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.