Citations on the Rise for Texting and Driving

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In an effort to decrease the amount of deaths on the road, Brownsville Police Officers are closely watching out for drivers who are texting.

According to municipal court records there has been an increase in the number of citations handed out for those using their cell phone while on the road. The ordinance against the offense has been established since 2011.

In recent months police officers are extra strict on enforcing the law. Making sure you keep your eyes on the road. For your safety and that of those around you.

Jose J. TreviƱo of the Brownsville Police Department says that everybody has seen it. You’re at light that turns green and the vehicle in front of you doesn’t move. It’s probably because they’re on the phone. It’s not necessarily texting. It’s the use of an electronic device. Which means reading e-mails, opening apps, looking through the phone. Pull over and do whatever it is you need to do. Handle your business and keep going on your way.

As a reminder, you can use your device for calls outside of school zones. GPS, if it’s on a mount. But if you’re holding the phone while you’re behind the wheel, it will cost you a $250 fine.

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