(Nov. 5, 2010)--The UTSA Police Department will enforce the newly enacted no-texting-while-driving ban that went into effect Oct. 15 in San Antonio.
The San Antonio City Council voted unanimously Thursday, Oct. 7 to adopt the ban on texting while driving. With the law in effect as of Oct. 15, warnings will be given on San Antonio and UTSA streets for the first 90 days with fines of up to $200 after that.
"UTSA police officers will enforce this new city ordinance, so we ask for the cooperation of UTSA community members as you drive on campus and in the city," said UTSA Police Chief Steve Barrera. "Our goal is always to help ensure safety, as we also observe city laws."
The new San Antonio ordinance prohibits using a "hand-held mobile communication device to send, read or write a text message, view pictures or written text, whether transmitted by Internet or other electronic means, engage in gaming or any other use of the device, besides dialing telephone numbers or talking to another person, while operating a moving motor vehicle."
San Antonio is the third major city in the state to adopt such a ban. El Paso and Austin prohibit the act, as do several smaller cities across Texas. Across the country, 30 states have prohibitions against texting while driving, according to city research.
Additionally, two Texas House bills on hand-held devices became effective Sept. 1. The Legislature gave final approval to the bills May 29 and the governor signed them into law June 19:
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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