REPORT: Driving While Using Handheld Devices Informal Online Survey of Citizens of Denton, Texas 2/27/16 – 3/1/16

Back in February council began some preliminary discussion about our current ordinance that bans texting while driving and whether or not that ordinance was effective, needed to be strengthened, expanded to ban the use of all handheld devices, or otherwise revised. The one thing that seemed to be clear is that there would be discussion within council, with the public, and with our public safety leadership on this topic before action would be taken.

As an attempt to get a better sense of how citizens use handheld devices while driving, and how citizens feel about the use and regulation of handheld devices while driving I published a survey on “Driving While Using Handheld Devices” between the dates of February 27, 2016 and March 1, 2016. In total 369 people provided their input (347 of those people identifying themselves as Denton residents). I suppose that many of you on this distribution took this survey – thank you for taking the time to provide your input. If you did not get a chance to take the survey, you always have the opportunity to be heard in public hearings or through one on one communication with your representatives on city council.

Survey results they are linked here: Denton Informal Survey Driving While Using Handheld Devices (Keely Briggs 2 27 16 to 3 1 16)

About this report:

This report’s purpose is to summarize basic response statistics from this survey and to serve as a tool to provide some level of insight into how citizens do or do not use hand-held devices while driving, citizen awareness of existing municipal ordinances, and basic self reported demographics, attributes, and opinions of survey respondents. All information presented here and tabulated for this survey is absent of any personally identifiable information.

The data collected in this survey can be sliced (cross tabulated) in many ways. Anyone interested in working with the raw excel file for their own research purposes can request a copy of the raw response data by contacting Councilmember Keely Briggs via email at (again, the response file has no personally identifiable information on survey respondents). Please site the survey source and survey dates with any use.

How this survey was administered:

  • 20 question survey deployed with Survey Monkey
  • Administered Saturday 2/27/16 thru Tuesday 3/1/16
  • 369 completed surveys; 347 completed surveys from City of Denton residents
  • Distributed via Engage D2 Email Newsletter (~150 subscribers)
  • Distributed via blog post
  • Distributed via Twitter @briggsfordenton (~215 followers)
  • Distributed via Keely G. Briggs City Council Facebook page (~616 followers)
  • Promoted post during course of survey on Facebook targeting followers, friends of followers, and people living in Denton

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Your humble representative,

Keely G. Briggs

Council Member – District 2

215 E. McKinney Street
Denton, TX 76201
Phone: (940) 453-8377