Texting ban set to go into effect

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Heads up, Denton drivers. Literally.

Beginning today, a ban on texting and other distractions while driving will go into effect in Denton.

The new ban, which carries a maximum $200 fine, is similar to one adopted in Arlington in 2011 that prohibits drivers from using their cellphone for anything other than for a phone call.

The ban prohibits the use of Facebook, using a GPS device or app or searching the Internet.

The ban will not apply to the interstate highways that go through Denton, officials said.

Texas is one of just seven states without a ban on texting and driving. The state Legislature passed a ban in 2011 but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it.

City officials told NBC5 that they would give violators a 30-day grace period before imposing fines.

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