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About the Ordinance
Testing and DrivingThousands of people die every year in crashes related to distracted driving. Using handheld devices takes more attention away from driving than other types of distractions.

More than 60 Texas cities have passed ordinances that regulate the use of mobile devices in one of two ways:
   
  1. It is unlawful to use a handheld mobile device for texting or social media while driving, but can be used to make a phone call.
  2. It is unlawful to use a mobile handheld device while driving that is not in the hands free mode, unless the vehicle is pulled off the road and not in motion or for making an emergency call. 

Following an extensive public outreach process, Sugar Land residents voiced their preference for the second of the two ordinance options – even when asked whether they preferred no ordinance at all.


Definition of a Portable Electronic Device
A hand-held mobile telephone, personal digital assistant, MP3 or other hand-held music player, electronic reading device, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, global positioning or navigation system, electronic game device, or portable computing device.
  • Mobile Phone
  • Laptop Computer
  • Tablet
  • MP3 Player

Research
Centers for Disease Control
  • Mobile devices are responsible for 1100 accidents a day in the U.S. 
U.S. Department of Transportation
  • 1.6 million accidents a year
  • 6,000 fatalities
  • 11% of driving public using a mobile handheld device at any given time while driving 

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