Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo Traffic Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding a proposal to ban texting and/or cell phone use while driving this Wednesday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 509 S.E. 7th Ave.
The purpose of the public hearing is to share information received by the Traffic Commission regarding distracted driving including ordinances and results from cities that have texting/cell phone restrictions on the books and to receive comment and input from the public regarding potential actions that could be recommended by the Traffic Commission.
In addition to making recommendations to the City Commission for methods of improving traffic conditions, the Traffic Commission hears all traffic-related items and makes recommendations for Traffic Ordinance amendments including speed limits, dual turn lanes, and one-way streets and alleys and for resolutions like parking restrictions. The Traffic Commission also makes recommendations concerning school safety; education and publicity, including coordination of activities to promote traffic safety; traffic engineering, including speed studies; parking regulations; one-way or two-way streets; traffic control devices. Members of the Traffic Commission are appointed by the Amarillo City Commission.
A second public hearing is also scheduled for next Wednesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m., also in the City Commission Chambers. The public is encouraged to attend hearings and provide their feedback regarding this issue of public safety.