April 14, 2018
Kerrville City Councilmembers heard a presentation by the Kerrville Police Chief, David Knight at the February 13, 2018 meeting regarding the regulating of the use of handheld portable electronic devices while driving.
A second hearing of the proposed ordinance was presented to the council on April 10, 2018. After councilmembers clarified a few details of the ordinance and issued an amendment to the fines proposed, the council approved the ordinance.
The new ordinance, Ordinance No. 2018-10, contains regulations much stricter than the current state law, Sec. 545.4251 of the Texas Transportation Code.
If you are seen by Kerrville Police Officers, even holding your phone while driving, you will be pulled over and cited. You can however, hold drinks, food, books or any other object that could distract you from the road.
The City Manager gave City Council the option to put this divided issue on the ballot for May 2019, but council members decided to go ahead and vote it into city law, without letting the residents of Kerrville make the decision.
The ordinance will take effect within 90 days, giving time to produce signs throughout the city and to educate and inform the public of the new ordinance. The council stated that during this time warnings will be issued to violators of the new ordinance.
Once the ordinance goes into effect, signs will be visible throughout the city reminding drivers of the new ban on handheld electronic devices and police officers will begin issuing fines to drivers in violation of the new ordinance.
It won’t be considered a moving violation and the issued fine can be discussed in a courtroom with a judge.
After the approval of the ordinance, Mayor Bonnie White says, “It’s going to be some drastic adjustments for me and perhaps a lot of others in the room. I would just say get a healthy Bluetooth and be very careful out there. We hope it will save lives.”
As KBN learns more about the new ordinance banning the use of handheld devices in Kerrville city limits we will keep you updated.
Click this link to view the video of the April 10, 2018 Kerrville City Council meeting. (Note: Second reading of Ordinance No. 2018-10 begins at minute 11:30)