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05/30/14

You can now be fined up to $200 for reading, sending or writing a text while driving in the City of Denton. Read below for details.

As of May 20, 2014, the City Of Denton has an ordinance that prohibits a person from using a wireless communication device to send, read, or write a text, view pictures or written text, whether transmitted by internet or other electronic means, engage in gaming or other use of the device, besides dialing telephone numbers or talking to another person, while operating a motor vehicle. (Ord. #2014-112)

You are operating a motor vehicle if you are in the driver’s seat, the key is in the ignition, and the engine is running. Hence, the vehicle does not need to be moving.

You can still talk on a cellphone while driving in Denton so long as not prohibited by being in a school zone. However, an accident resulting from inattentive driving can result in damages being assessed against you or even to your arrest and prosecution on a criminal charge.

If you are in the driver’s seat and the vehicle is running, you can still text if the vehicle is stopped and out of the moving lanes of traffic. In other words, you must pull over to the shoulder or off the road and then put the car in park. Better still, pull into a parking lot and turn off the car or wait until you reach your destination to send, read, or write a text. The life you may save by waiting might be your own.

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