Texting and Driving Ban Could Be On The Way For West Texas Town 1/23/14
CBS 7 News
January 23, 2014
PECOS-After a statewide ban on texting and driving failed to pass last year, city leaders in Pecos are taking matters into their own hands with a local ordinance.
The City of Pecos cites a study that reveals you are 11 times more likely to miss a stoplight if you are texting and driving and that your reaction time is doubled while reading or sending a text message.
The citywide ban was tabled at tonight’s council meeting, but will likely come up again at the next meeting. But not all residents CBS 7 spoke with were on board.
The clack of texting for some goes hand in hand with driving. Now city leaders in Pecos want to change that.
"With all the traffic that we’ve seen, the growth the community has seen, it’s become almost crazy out there with truckers and all kinds of people texting and driving,” said City Council Member Field Yow.
Some residents are all for it, Connie Lozano says she sees it every day.
"You see it all the time, truck drivers talking on the phone,” Lozano said. “People leaving work and talking and texting..it’s horrible.”
Other drivers are not sold.
"It should be illegal in school zones because I understand that’s a spot where children are crossing,” said Pecos Resident Salvador Carrera. “But other streets, back roads, I’m sane enough to drive five miles-per-hour under the speed limit and send a text.”
The ban will carry a penalty, but the councilman behind it hopes it speaks for itself.
"Just enacting the ordinance and making it something people are aware is illegal will act as a deterrent and that’s what we really want,” Field Yow said.
No word yet on how enforcement of the ban would work, the police chief said tonight he had not had a chance to read the ordinance.
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