One North Texas City has outlawed using electronic devices while driving.
The Bedford City Council passed a distracted driving ordinance Nov. 18 which means drivers can no longer view, type or talk with any electronic device in their hands, even when stopped at a traffic signal.
Portable electronic devices include any handheld communication devices, laptops, tablets, media players and handheld gaming devices.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near one by looking away from the roadway for two seconds. The average person's eyes are off the road for five seconds while texting.
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The ordinance does not ban GPS units that are attached to a vehicle. Hands free devices are also permitted. Portable electronic devices are allowed to be used in emergency situations.