Arlington Bans Texting While Driving

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011  |  Updated 6:23 PM CDT
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The Arlington City Council passed a ban on texting while driving Tuesday night.

Susy Solis, NBCDFW.com

The Arlington City Council passed a ban on texting while driving Tuesday night.

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The Arlington City Council passed a ban on texting while driving Tuesday night.

The ban passed 5-3 and blocks drivers from doing virtually anything with their phone other than using it as a phone.

The new ordinance won't go into effect immediately, but will likely be put in place sometime this fall after an educational campaign is put in place to let the public know about the new law and when to expect enforcement.

Those NBC 5 spoke to had mixed feelings about the ban, some thinking it's a great idea in and near school zones but a bit restrictive at other times.

While city officials haven't said exactly when the ordinance will be enforced, they are hoping to have it in place before the Thanksgiving holiday.

NBC 5's Amanda Fitzpatrick contributed to this report.

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