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Distracted Driving Ordinance Adopted by New Braunfels

adriana_trevino1 year ago

New Braunfels is on track to enact their new cell phone ordinance prohibiting drivers from using hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle.

About the New Braunfels Hand-Held Ordinance

Starting November 1, 2015, $100-$500 fines will be issued to drivers who fail to comply with New Braunfels’ new distracted driving city ordinance.

According to KSAT, the ordinance prohibits drivers from making phone calls, sending/reading/typing a text message, taking selfies, accessing the internet, gaming, or using the device at any time a vehicle is not legally parked. Law enforcement, firefighters, and government emergency service employees will be exempt from the ordinance when phone use is directly tied to duty.

The ordinance will become policy once it is signed by the New Braunfels Mayor and filed with the city’s secretary. For more information, the city will hold a public education by issuing ‘warnings’ until Nov. 1, 2015. After that, the ordinance will be in full effect.

Distracted Driving Statistics

The following information was provided by

  • In 2013, 3,154 citizens were killed in car accidents involving distracted drivers in the United States.
  • An additional 424,000 U.S. citizens were injured due to distracted driving.
  • 10 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who were killed in fatal collisions in 2013 were distracted at the time of the accident.
  • 5 seconds of looking at the screen while driving at 55mph is equivalent to traveling the length of a football field blind folded.


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