Hands-Free Device Sales Rise Ahead of Cell Phone Ban

Wichita Falls police will soon start cracking down, watching for drivers who are paying attention to their phones and not the road.

The new cell phone law takes effect in just two days, and hands-free devices will help you keep two hands on the wheel and could help you avoid an expensive ticket.

"I see a lot of texting and driving still and a lot of people using their phones to talk while they're driving," taxi driver, William Brandt said.

Adjusting to the new law won't be easy because many drivers rely on their phones for more than just texting.

"Definitely using maps," Deja Wallace admits. "I'm usually always lost especially if I'm going downtown so sometimes I will just take my phone out and type in the address really quickly."

Wallace isn't alone. Hands-free devices allow drivers to use those helpful apps, legally.

"We've definitely seen an influx of customers coming in wanting to see what their options are to get their options are to get their car to hands-free so their not violating the cell phone ban," Best Buy sales associate, Kolton Parchman said.

You can go with a small Bluetooth ear piece to make phone calls or drivers can take it even further.

"We have solutions that you can actually put in your car," Parchman adds. "You will be able to answer phone calls as well as be able to stream music over your car speakers all without using your cell phone in your hand."

"If you're not looking for something to be installed in your car, you can do something along the lines of this. What that does is you'll be able to plug it into your cigarette lighter and you can stream the audio as well as the phone calls over the speakers using your cars radio station."

You can also purchase a mount so you can easily glance at your GPS.

Most of the hands-free devices range from $40 to $250 it's really up to you on how much you want to spend. Regardless of how much you invest-- it could save you a $500 dollar citation down the road.

WFPD did not say if there will be a grace period for writing tickets come Thursday, adding that it'll be up to the officers discretion.


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