Round Rock looks at ways to reduce distracted driving

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on February 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 10 at 8:46 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- There's a new proposal to make the roads safer, by cutting down on distracted drivers.The City of Round Rock is trying to tackle motorists who text and drive.

People in Round Rock say as the city continues to grow, they feel it on the roads. But unlike Austin, texting behind the wheel is still legal. Now the city is looking into ways to reduce it.

City Councilman John Moman is proposing "texting zones." He says the paved areas would be "pull-off" zones away from lanes of traffic, giving people a chance to put their car in park and send a text or make a quick call. We asked people in downtown Round Rock if they think the texting zones would work. and we got some mixed reaction

"I would definitely consider using it if something like that was there," says Cory Shepherd.

"It would be smart but I don't see anybody doing it," says Andrew Nearon. "If they're in such a big hurry to send that text they're not going to wait for a place to pull over."

Councilman Moman says they will need TX-DOT's support to make the project a reality and begin the planning process. He will be bringing up the idea to them to see if it could work and how much it would cost.

There are also several Texas lawmakers pushing for a statewide ban on texting while driving, although similar bills have been shot down over the past few years.

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