City’s Wilson says only 6 warnings issued for texting law

Only six written warnings have been issued in San Angelo since the texting while driving ordinance went into effect Jan. 9.

City of San Angelo Public Information Officer Anthony Wilson told the Lonestar 92.9 Morning Show staff Wednesday that as of Tuesday, Feb. 2, the number of written warnings stood at six.

The ordinance was passed Jan. 5, with a 5-1 vote, with Single Member District 2 councilman Marty Self dissenting. Self did not feel first responders should be exempt from the ban.

There are exceptions to the ordinance such as phone calls, GPS or hands-free devices.

The grace period for drivers receiving written warnings will end March 1, after which police officers will take full enforcement measures and utilize their discretion on whether or not to issue a citation.