Last night, September 13, 2011, the Arlington city council passed an ordinance that will ban texting while driving in the city limits. The ordinance passed with a vote of 5 to 3 and is expected to begin being enforced around Thanksgiving of this year. This ban will not prohibit telephone calls but does limit text messaging. This is a big step for the city of Arlington in the fight against distracted driving. Texting while driving has been proven to be as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than driving while intoxicated. With there already being so many things that can be distractions for drivers on our roads and highways in North Texas, I am glad that Arlington is taking this step in making its citizens safer by banning texting while driving.