Wednesday was the first full day of a new city ordinance banning drivers from handling their cell phones while driving in Corpus Christi.
3News joined officers for a ride-along as they patrolled the streets handing out warnings to violators.
Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from the corner of Staples and Doddridge with the details.
The new ordinance requires that drivers utilize hands-free devices to make calls while on the road. They cannot be stopped in traffic or at intersections holding their cell phones, but instead, they must be parked and out of traffic to legally be talking on the phone or texting.
On Wednesday, officers stopped driver after driver who were on their phones as they drove down the street, and for the most part, drivers were unaware of the new ordinance.
"He caught me talking on the phone. I wasn't texting, but he caught me," said Lucia Tanguma, who received a warning from a police officer. "I knew about the texting, but I didn't know that you couldn't talk on the phone."
"I knew that you can't talk on the cell phone when you are in school zone, but now they say it's everywhere," Lydia Alvarez said.
During the ride-along- officers spotted a man using his cell phone and attempted to give him a warning; but as police were trying to pull him over, the man allegedly threw small bags of marijuana out the window.
The good news is that officers are only handing out warning tickets through Nov. 11. After that, a judge could fine you up to $500.
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