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Posted on: July 25, 2014

NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING: Distracted driving grace period ends, citations could apply

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ With the grace period for public education now ended, the Farmers Branch Police Department will be on the lookout for distracted drivers who could wind up with a citation.

Earlier this year, the Farmers Branch City Council took action to help safeguard motorists and pedestrians from the danger created by distracted drivers by limiting use of a handheld wireless communication device while driving.

The new ordinance prohibits the operator of a motor vehicle from using a handheld wireless communication device to send, receive or read text-based messages while driving. This includes reading, writing or sending email, posting or reading communications or messages on social media, use of the internet, or the use of any smart phone application except GPS navigation with voice activated directions.

Farmers Branch Police Chief Sid Fuller said the ordinance will not solve the problem of "texting and driving" but is a step towards changing habits.

"The goal is to combine this ordinance with an education program to modify driver behavior in Farmers Branch and create awareness of the dangers of texting while driving," he explained.

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