Austin officers set to enforce new hands-free law

Austin police plan hands-free sting, start ticketing drivers

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Hands-on devices have become a part of everyday life, but while you are checking your messages, Austin police officers are checking out a new set of rules. Drivers must go hands-free starting Jan. 1.

If your car is stopped you can text, you can use the GPS, get on the Internet and talk on the phone. But you will break the law when you do any of those with your foot on the gas.

Don’t be surprised if you see a police officer in your mirrors, because they can and will pull you over if your hands are doing something other than driving.

For the first month of January, you’ll only get a warning, but come February you will get a fine of up to $500.

All these laws are for bicyclists too.

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