Yes, if your car is lawfully and completely stopped, you may use a hand-held cell phone. What If I have an emergency?
The ordinance allows drivers to use their hand-held device to report a crime, traffic accident, medical emergency, serious traffic hazard or to prevent a crime. If I am issued a citation, will it appear on my driving record?
An offense is not considered a moving violation and will not become part of your driving record.What is the fine for violating the ordinance?
The fine amount will not be less than $25 or more than $200, plus court costs.Will police seize or inspect my cell phone in the course of investigating violations of the ordinance?
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.GET REWARDED FOR DRIVING SAFELY
City of College Station is partnering with Safe2Save, a free smart phone app that rewards you for not picking up your phone while you drive. Minutes of safe driving turn into points, and points can be redeemed for free or discounted items at several popular local eateries and retailers.
App creator and College Station resident Marci Corry describes the app, which launched in early October, as extremely simple to use, no matter your age.
“Once you download Safe2Save, just open it before you get in your vehicle,” Corry said. “If you get a text while driving and you’re tempted to reply, a message appears that says ‘It Can Wait. Don’t text and drive!’ A photo of your family can be uploaded onto the home screen of the app, which is a powerful reminder. We already know it’s even resonating with high school and college students, and hundreds have already told us how this helped them break the habit of texting and driving.”
Corry has a patent pending and hopes Safe2Save will eventually attract national sponsors that allow its use to change habits in other markets around Texas and across the U.S.
Learn more at safe2save.org
or download it directly from iTunes. The app is expected to be available for Android users by the end of December.