AUSTIN (KXAN) - You'll be surprised by the number of drivers we caught on camerausing a cell phone in an active school zone. We set up at severalschools around town and caught drivers in the act.
And some of the people we spoke to say some of the zones arehard to spot.
"I didn't notice it, and I don't think anyone else will either,"John Jordano said.
We also followed an Austin police officer as he nabs one cellphone user.
"If I wrote 25 tickets, I would say a good 5 to 10 of thosewill involve cell phone use of some type. It's a very commonproblem," said APD Officer Michael Monroe.
And one Texas senator wants to ban the distractionpermanently,
"The Texas Department of Transportation says one in fouraccidents in Texas involve someone either texting or driving on acell phone. It's a major distraction. It's a major public-safetyissue," said Texas Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio.
Tune in tonight and find out how officials are trying tocontrol the problem. And watch as we show you how many drivers wecaught breaking the law.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.