AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell is teaming up with Austin's public safety community and AT&T to keep drivers safe on the road.
They are asking Austinites to take the It Can Wait Pledge.
Thursday at 10a.m. Leffingwell will join several other local officials at Austin City Hall to kick off the Mayors United Against Texting While Driving.
This also comes as the City of Austin is looking at rewording their texting ordinance.
The chief prosecutor with the city believes the current ordinance is outdated because it only addresses what drivers do with their cell phone behind the wheel and doesn't cover other devices now used like iPads, iPods, GPS on the phone, and E-readers.
"When the ordinance was written people were only using cell phones in their vehicles - unfortunately they are using a lot of other devices when they are driving," said Bianca Bentzin, Chief Prosecutor, City of Austin.
Right now the ordnance states that any electronic messaging device is not allowed - that wording is often interpreted as a cell phone.
"That doesn't really give the idea that it's an iPod Shuffle and you are just trying to find the song you want to listen to in the morning or a tablet and you're looking for a map," said Bentzin.
Police are writing about 700 tickets a year.
Some take it to court and win because the ordinance doesn't cover the device they were using.
Others claim they are using it for an emergency - an exemption currently in the ordinance.
"They are taking them to court because everyone thinks what they are doing falls within an emergency most of the time what they are doing is not an emergency so they are not winning in that regard," said Bentzin.
The current ordinance states drivers can use their phone when stopped
At this point there is no time frame of when this revised ordinance will be presented to city council - but both council members Mike Martinez and Laura Morrison are strong backers of it.
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