Law & Order
Unsafe Text: Missouri City bans texting while driving (with video)
Drivers, put down that Crackberry.
The Missouri City city council voted on Monday to ban texting while driving within city limits starting on June 1, reports the Fort Bend Sun News. And iPhone addicts should beware of trying to dodge the law with a game of Bejeweled Blitz—specifically, the law prohibits sending text messages, using a wireless communication device to view or send e-mail messages or using software applications on a cell phone while driving. West University and Bellaire also passed similar bans in December.
As reports emerged last year showing that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, cities across the country moved to ban the practice. West University was the first municipality to ban cell phone use by drivers in school zones, a practice that has caught on statewide.
Missouri City will make exceptions for emergencies and for drivers who have safely pulled over to the side of the road. Fines for violators will be up to $500.
For an example of what not to do when driving, check out the video below of a multi-tasking motorcycle rider in India.