- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Municipal court records show Austin police have issued nearly 1,000 tickets since a ban on handling electronic devices while driving became effective earlier this year.

The city law prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. It took effect Jan. 1, though police only issued warnings to drivers for the first month.

The Austin American-Statesman (https://atxne.ws/1apDWZF ) reports that in February, the first month of full enforcement, about 550 citations were issued. As of Monday, the last day data was provided for March, about 420 citations were issued.

The law doesn’t apply to use of hands-free devices. Drivers are allowed to use their devices if their vehicle is at a complete stop.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com

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