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In January the hands-free law went into effect in Austin making using a phone while driving a illegal. Drivers caught using a hand held device could face fines up to $500.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation drivers are four times more likely to be in a serious injury crash if they are using a cell phone.

As part of our "Drive Safe Austin" initiative, KEYE-TV will host a Town Hall Event called "Distracted Driving: A Your Voice, Your Future Town Hall Meeting."

The town hall event will be held on March 5 at 6:00 p.m.-7 p.m., and will focus on both informing the public of the dangers of distracted driving and educating them on the new law in the Austin area.

The Town Hall event will be an open forum with several panelists from local and state government and a survivor who was involved in a crash with a person who admitted to texting while driving.

Please join KEYE TV News for this hour long
discussion and bring your questions.

What: "Distracted Driving" a Your Voice, Your Future Town Hall Meeting
When: March 5, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78752 (The event will be held in the southwest corner of the mall at the old Dillard's store.)

If you would like to attend the town hall meeting, please RSVP by calling 512-490-2199 or email

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