Pecos City Council Passes First Reading of Texting While Driving Ban 02/13/14
February 13, 2014
Pecos Ė The city of Pecos is one step closer to banning texting while driving. Thursday evening city council members met and passed the first reading of the ordinance. The topic of banning texting while driving has gone statewide, but after failing last year at the state level, council members thought it would be appropriate to make a local ordinance.
Like most West Texas towns the oil boom has caused the Pecos roads to be extremely busy. With that officials have seen an increase in texting while driving accidents, so they say something has to be done.
"It's frustrating when you drive down the highway and someone is swerving back and forth and you get up there and they are reading a book on their phone. That should be illegal, it's a safety concern," said Pecos Councilman Field Yow.
Yow has been behind the ban from the beginning, he says it's not about the money, or writing tickets but rather about the wellbeing of the community's citizens. "If people drive safer then everybody wins," Yow said.
Yow says the ban will apply to not only texting while driving, but any other activity that requires you to take your eyes off the road, such as writing an e-mail. "I think that if drinking and driving is illegal, and this has been proven to be much more dangerous than drinking and driving, then this should be illegal to," said Yow.
Although many in the community CBS 7 spoke with say they are all for the ban, other residents say itís the drivers right. "I think itís necessary in school zones, but I also think it's the responsibility of the individual driver, you know if they're good at texting and driving and not wrecking into people, then that's a good thing," said one Pecos resident.
The ordinance reads that if you are caught texting while driving you could receive a maximum fine of two hundred dollars. City Council will now have to work with other city officials to determine when the ban will take effect.