DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The Denton City Council voted 6-1 to pass the ban on using hand held device behind the wheel Tuesday night.
The one "no" vote came from council member Sara Bagheri.
The ordinance, which takes effect in six months, means drivers in Denton will no longer be able to hold their phone while driving, even for using GPS.
Violators can be fined up to $200.
Hands-free use is still allowed.
Texting while driving had already been outlawed in Denton city limits.
The texting ban included smartphone activities like checking email and posting on social media.
But police officials stated that it has not been enough.
Statistics have shown that the number of distracted driving crashes still increased. Phone use accounts for 31 percent of the city's distracted driving crashes, authorities added.
Police are hoping that an all-out phone ban will be easier to enforce, will help prevent these potentially fatal crashes, and will make Denton roads safer.
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