AUSTIN, Tx. – The city of Austin has a new hands-free ordinance beginning this month. That means drivers who are caught fiddling with their electronic devices, like phones, tablets or even GPS will be cited by police. You are not even allowed to hold a phone up to your ear. You have to use a bluetooth or similar hands-free device. The new law even applies if you’re riding a bike.
Fines could set you back as much as $500. Austin police say drivers won’t be cited in emergency situations or when they’re stopped at intersections.
For the rest of the month, officers will only be handing out warnings, but then the fines start. So, keep your hands on the wheel and off your electronics.