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Driving and Texting Ban Approved by City Council Today

By October 7, 2010

Today, the City Council finally did what many think they should have done months or even years ago. They approved a ban on texting while driving. The new law will go into effect in 10 days and includes no just texting but also data usage such as web surfing or checking email on a phone while driving.

It is important to note that the ban does NOT include passengers, just the driver. It also should be known that drivers may still answer and talk on their phones, they are just not allowed to use them for texting or data application.

Police will issue warnings for the first 90 days as drivers become aware of the law. After those initial 90 days, a fine of up to $200 can be imposed.

What do you think of the new ban? Is it too late? Does it cover enough? Should there also be a ban on talking while driving?

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