Citywide Ban on Texting While Driving Starts on Thursday

City Council Approved the Ban on February 21st

Drivers in the city will have a new reason to put down their cell phones while on the road when the city wide cell phone ban goes into effect on Thursday.

"The whole thing here is to eliminate the distractions we have in the car. We want your eyes to stay on the roadway," said WFPD PIO Jeff Hughes.

Wichita falls will join 100 other cities in the state to ban texting and driving with the ordinance that was passed on February 21st.

Law enforcement officers can now ticket drivers who are on their cell phones while on the road resulting in a Class C Misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to $500.

The law will be enforced the same way a traffic ticket would be, Hughes said.

Resident Janice Moore believes the new ban will mostly protect younger drivers who may be texting while driving.

"All it does is cause more accidents and there's too many kids being killed because of it," she said.

Hughes says hands free devices like speakerphones and Bluetooth technology are okay to use.

Xavier Villadiego, whose family owns the Cell Phone Guy, expects sales of these devices to jump.

"We are expecting i guess a jump in Bluetooth device sales, hands free devices so people can drive around safely, without breaking the law."

The ban also applies to motorcyclists, bicyclists, and anyone using a device to get around.

The state is also looking at a similar type of ban.

House Bill 62 passed in the House just last week and bans texting and driving statewide.

It moves to the Senate next and if it passes, the state will join more than 45 others that have some kind of texting and driving ban.

 

 


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