On September 11, 2012, the Amarillo Globe-News published an article regarding the Amarillo City Commission’s recent actions toward banning the use of handheld devices while driving. These handheld devices would include cellphones, GPS devices, and handheld electronic games. The proposed ordinance would not prohibit the use of hands-free devices or speakerphones while driving. It would also not prohibit the use of cellphones while driving in the case of a medical emergency.
The Amarillo City Commission will vote on the proposed ordinance on September 18, 2012. If the ordinance is approved, it would go into effect after notifying drivers about the new law. According to the city manager, punishment for breaking the ordinance would include a fine of up to $500 and court costs.
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