This past month the city of Amarillo joined a number of other Texas cities
in banning or severely restricting the use of cell phones while driving.
By a 4-1 vote, the Amarillo City Commission passed a ban on the use of
all hand-held devices while driving. The use of hands-free devices will
still be allowed.
A number of Texas cities have already taken steps to restrict the use of
cell phones on the road. El Paso began enforcing a hand-held cellphone
ban in 2010. Currently, Austin, San Antonio, Nacogdoches and Galveston
all have bans on texting and driving.
The state forbids the use of hand-held phones and texting in school zones
and any use of cell phones by drivers under 18 years old. Last year, Rick
Perry vetoed a Legislature bill that would have banned texting while driving
throughout the state, saying he didn’t want to micromanage the behavior
Enforcement has been one of the major problems facing cell phone restrictions
nationwide. Police often have trouble determining when someone is texting
or not and the problem is so widespread that the vast majority of violators
don’t get caught.
While opponents of cell phone bans often contend that the laws overstep
the government’s right to protect the safety of its citizens, everyone
agrees that using a cell phone while driving is risky. In 2010 alone,
there were 46 fatal accidents in Texas caused by cell phone usage.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent or distracted driver, you may
be entitled to compensation.
Contact the Kyle Law Firm today and set up a free consultation with one of our
San Marcos car accident attorneys.