Buda enforcing new hands-free driving ordinance

A driver uses a cellphone. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Drivers in Buda could face an up to a $500 fine if they do not follow the new rule: Hands-free driving.

Earlier this month, the Buda City Council passed a hands-free ordinance, which went into effect on July 15. This law means no taking phone calls, texting or even looking at a text while driving or riding a bike.

While the ordinance is in effect, Buda police say drivers have a 60-day grace period before anyone actually will receive a citation.

Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams says passing the ordinance just makes sense, since several cities have already passed it. “The cities around us are implementing the hands-free ordinance. We are getting our citizens acclimated to it, such as when they go into the city of Austin,” said Williams.

The city says signs informing drivers of the new ordinance will go up as soon as next week. The city is also currently working with TxDOT to determine locations for signs on highways and TxDOT right-of-way roads.

Signs will be posted at the following locations:

  • E. Main & IH35
  • Main & Old San Antonio
  • Old San Antonio & Main
  • Cabela’s & Main
  • Cabela’s & IH35
  • W. Goforth & IH35
  • Robert S. Light & Loop 4
  • Tom Green & Hillside Terrace
  • Old Black Colony & 1626
  • Old Black Colony & Coles Springs

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