The Corpus Christi City Council finally passed the second reading of an ordinance that will prohibit texting and driving according to the Caller-Times. The ordinance is aimed at reducing driver distraction and generally making the roads of Corpus a safer place. The new law will be effective immediately, with a maximum $500 citation for violators.
Proponents of the ordinance strongly pushed for it in light of the increase in text and driving accidents involving pedestrians and hit-and-run accidents. However, doubt has been casted as to the true effectiveness of such law, as it has not yet been closely studied. But safety authorities hold that it is common sense that distracted driving will result in accidents.
The ordinance prohibits the use of devices while operating a vehicle, which include both texting on talking on the phone. However, hands-free devices such as speakerphone functions and Bluetooths. In the case of an emergency call to 911, there are exceptions to the prohibition. In addition, on-duty first responders are exempt.
Citations will be delayed for the first 30 days but will be stopped by officials to be given information on the policy.
Reported by the CDC on distracted driving:
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