The City of Denton unanimously voted to ban texting while driving this week, according to the Dallas Morning News. The ban will go into affect May 20th and will carry a $200 fine.  Some residents, however, were hoping for a stronger ordinance for using phones while driving; among those was John Butler, whose mother was killed after being hit by a distracted driver. The ban specifically prohibits using phones for anything other than phone calls, which is still criminalized when driving through a school zone. The ban has its limits though: the ban does not apply to I-35 and its frontage roads, and allows for use in life-or-death situations. However, many see it as a step forward; many Texas cities have adopted bans like this after Governor Perry vetoed a statewide ban in 2011.

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