Friday, October 23, 2009

This Is A Good Thing

If you live in, or drive through, Austin, be aware that last night the City Council voted to ban texting while driving, effective the first of January. And there's a $500 fine for violators!

§ 12-1-34 Electronic Messaging While Driving.
(A) A driver of a motor vehicle may not use a wireless communication device to view, send, or compose an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle.
(B) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution of an offense under this section if a wireless communications device is used:
(1) while the vehicle is stopped;
(2) for making a telephone call;
(3) as a global positioning or navigation system that is affixed to the vehicle;
(3) for obtaining emergency assistance to report a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious traffic hazard, or to prevent a crime about to be committed;
(4) in the reasonable belief that a person’s life or safety is in immediate danger; or
(5) if the device is permanently installed inside the vehicle.
(C) This section does not apply to an operator of an authorized emergency vehicle using a wireless communication device while acting in an official capacity.

No comments: