Cell Phone Ban Proposed


POSTED: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 6:51am

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 7:49am

It's something many of us do nearly every time we get behind the wheel.
But, El Paso may soon be the next city to ban cell phones while driving.
Tomorrow city council will decided whether to introduce an ordinance to ban cell phone use while driving.
Similar laws have already been passed in Las Cruces and numerous cities nationwide.
It's widely accepted that talking and texting while driving is extremely dangerous.
Still, many people can't resist doing it behind the wheel.
Rachel Quintana is the City Representative who initiated the ordinance.
She told us her motivation was safety.
If City Council approves introducing the ordinance.
It will then go up for a vote two weeks later.
That's also when council will take public comment.
Quintana says if approved she's hoping to have the ordinace go into effect April 1st.

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I am all for a ban on cell phone use while driving, unless it is used with a hands free device. Even then, it is still distracting for the driver, but at least it would be a start. Generations of Americans have survived everyday problems, emergencies, etc. without use of the cell phone. It is a modern day convenience, but it should not be considered as a necessity, a must have. Missed calls can always be attended to when no person's safety is put on the line. Ban cell phone use whiile drivin!!

This should be passed ! Nothing is so important that it can't wait, let a message go to voice mail. We did fine before cell phones. They are great but every day I see dangerous situations when people are talking/texting on their cell phone. Hate to say it, but if people can not use commen sense, I guess we need a law to force it.

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