Originally Posted by Samuel Dravis
It's illegal to text while driving in Austin. I think such a law is unnecessary, as that type of behavior is already covered by other laws.
It may not be strictly necessary, but it makes it easier to prosecute than 'reckless driving' as Darth333 noted, since it's so specific. It also allows fines to be adjusted to a different rate (I would assume higher, because of cynicism, heh) than the generic 'reckless driving'. I think it also sends a message to people who think that texting while driving =/= reckless driving that it really is NOT OK to text and drive.