New Hurst Ordinance Bans Texting While Driving

Hurst City Council has now put into place a distracted driving ordinance that prohibits using hand-held devices including cellphones, gaming devices and tablets while operating a motor vehicle.   If you are behind the wheel in Hurst you should pull off the roadway.   There is an exception:  motorists are allowed to use their phones in hands-free mode to make calls or use them as GPS.   In Hurst, 1 in 5 crashes is caused by distracted driving.

Already in effect for Bedford, Arlington, Watauga, Denton, Little Elm, Rowlett, Farmers Branch and Grand Prairie have distracted-driving ordinances in place. Hurst will post signs and will make drivers aware.   There is a three-month grace period before people will get a ticket, which could mean a fine of up to $500.



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