Boerne latest city to go hands-free

Drivers could face a fine of $200 if cited


BOERNE, Texas – Another South Texas city is going hands-free with the beginning of the New Year.

Boerne City Council approved the ordinance making it illegal to drive while using an electronic device.

People could face a fine of $200 if cited.

The city ordinance defines a hand-held device as: a hand-held mobile telephone, personal digital assistant, MP3 or other hand-held music player, electronic reading device, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, global positioning or navigation system, electronic game device, or portable computing device.

The following activities while holding or touching a device are prohibited:

  • Dialing or deactivating a phone call
  • Speaking in or listening to a conversation
  • Viewing, taking, or transmitting electronic images
  • Composing, sending, viewing, accessing, browsing, retrieving, or saving email messages, text messages, or other electronic data
  • Entering or changing information in a global positioning or navigation system or any software or application designed for navigation
  • Accessing or viewing an Internet website or computer application or playing a game.

Drivers will not be allowed to use a hand-held device while at a stop light/sign.

Boerne police will issue warnings during the month of January to give residents time to adjust and allow for signage to be installed.