Arlington’s Texting While Driving Ban Now In Effect

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Texting while driving could cut into your holiday shopping budget in a big way beginning today in Arlington.

The city’s controversial ban on texting while driving is now in effect.

Many residents have argued about the city council’s approval of the ban.   Residents say that the law, which still allows talking on the phone, is unenforceable.

Tiara Ellis Richard with the police department says it is up to the officer to determine whether you’re in violation.

KRLD’s Matt Thomas Reports:

The city says you can show the officer your phone in an effort to prove your innocence.  Or, the city says, if you can prove in court that you were not texting, the ticket will be dropped.

The police department insists that the law is only designed to cut down on the number of wrecks caused by distracted driving.

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  • NiteNurse

    Thank you Arlington!

  • callen

    How will drivers, especially those who do not live in Arlington and passing through town, be made aware of this law? Or will the city simply use the law as yet another revenue generator?

  • NiteNurse

    There will be lots of street signs and billboards. Cops will pull you over and issue you a warning.

  • darrell

    i think this is a great ideal and should be expanded to cell phone use of any kind for the driver unless they pull completely off the road for use. having said that, being a long time resident of arlington this is less a move towards safety and more a move towards revenue enhancement for the city.

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