Hands-free in Central Texas could spread beyond Austin

Texting While Driving
FILE - In this file photo, a man uses his cell phone as he drives through traffic. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

LAKEWAY, Texas (KXAN) — The city has handed out dozens of tickets just a few weeks into enforcing Austin’s hands-free ban. Now, more cities around Central Texas are moving forward with their own plans.

City council members in Lakeway plan to discuss Tuesday what a hands-free ordinance might look like. Lakeway Mayor David Deome says several people have come to him and asked for an ordinance similar to Austin’s.

The city of West Lake Hills is also considering adopting a similar ordinance in their community. People who live there are open to the change.

“I think it’s a good thing,” said Alfred Valdez. “I’m always kind of worried about… especially since there’s a lot of cyclists in the area, people texting, even just talking on the phone. It’s always a concern.”

The meeting in Lakeway is just the first meeting to discuss the ordinance and no vote will take place.

West Lake Hills will discuss the ordinance at next week’s city council meeting.

Austin police said earlier this month they had ticketed 38 drivers caught using a cell phone. At least two deadly crashes were connected to drivers distracted by electronics, police added.

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