New Braunfels latest city to go hands-free

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) – The New Braunfels City Council adopted a hands-free ordinance for drivers inside the city-limits on Monday.

Drivers have until Nov. 1 to get used to the new law. During the months leading up to November only warnings will be issued. The city will use that time to begin educating drivers what to expect once fines start being issued.

The fines escalate beginning with: first offense minimum $100, second offense minimum $200, third and subsequent offenses minimum $500. For violators, state law limits the maximum fine to $500 per offense. Each day’s violations shall constitute a separate and distinct offense. Any prior conviction under this ordinance will count towards a second and third charge regardless of when it occurred.

A violation of the ordinance is not a moving violation and may not be made a part of a person’s driving record or insurance record.

Drivers will be allowed to use their devices while parked or with attachments that allow free use of their hands.

For more information on the new ordinance, click here.

New Braunfels is one of many cities along the IH-35 corridor with hands-free driving implemented. If you’re driving from Austin to San Antonio, expect to put your phone down in Buda, Schertz and San Antonio. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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