Amarillo is Hands-Free for Your Safety
- If you’re behind the wheel of a car while driving in Amarillo, it is against City ordinance to use a handheld cell phone.
- You can still use hands-free features including:
- A speakerphone feature
- A voice-activated feature or device
- A hands-free accessory device like a Bluetooth
- A driver may press the button(s) necessary to use, activate or end these features or devices.
- The handheld cell phone ban does not apply to a GPS unit that is separate from a cell phone.
- What you cannot do, though, is text, talk, or otherwise hold your cell phone while driving.
- Citations will be issued starting February 2, 2013
- You may use a handheld cell phone while driving as follows:
- To call for fire, police or ambulance in case of a bona fide emergency. That means there must be imminent danger to life or safety.
- To call a doctor, hospital or clinic.
- A government employee, first responder, or volunteer – but only while acting in official capacity with an immediate need to give or receive necessary official information.
- Licensed amateur radio operators are exempted by federal law.
- The fine can be up to $200 plus court costs.