City Launches “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” Campaign

Posted on Nov 29, 2012

Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo has launched its “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign in response to the Commission’s adoption of an ordinance banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving within the City limits. The City’s education campaign, which will be outlined for the public during next Tuesday’s evening City Commission meeting, includes a FAQ sheet that can now be found on the City website, www.amarillo.gov.

“The website and education campaign are works in progress and I would encourage anyone with questions to call me,” says Sonja Gross, community relations coordinator. “We also have educational materials available for area schools, businesses and civic organizations, and we welcome the opportunity to speak to various groups about the importance of driving with your hands free of a cell phone.” 

Although the ordinance was approved in September, it does not go into effect until 30 days after the required signs have been installed at the City limits and other locations throughout the City. The current timeline puts the effective date of the ordinance at January 2, 2013. At that time, police will begin issuing warnings with actual citations being written starting February 1, 2013.

For more information about the ordinance, visit www.amarillo.gov  and click on the “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” banner. That link will take you to a FAQ sheet, which answers many questions people have related to the ban on handheld cell phones while driving. A link to the ordinance itself is provided on that page as well.

To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact the Community Relations office at (806) 378-3549 or sonja.gross@amarillo.gov. Residents are also invited to attend next Tuesday’s City Commission meeting to learn more about the public education campaign. The meeting will take place in Room 302 of City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

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