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Mayor: Ban texting by drivers

Matthews’ proposal would require city council approval

August 16, 2013

Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews told city council Thursday that he would like to see tighter regulations on texting while driving within the city limits....

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Aug-20-13 9:13 AM

The new cell phone law has made no difference in WV, people are driving and using cells just as much as ever.

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Aug-19-13 4:12 PM

Just came from downtown Marietta and the Mayor and the Police Chief needs to tend to the traffic and not worry so much about texting. The RR tracks are closed for what do they do but direct traffic thru Harmar and close off one of the streets. They need cops out there taking care of directing traffic. People stop and block the intersections and then no body can move.

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Aug-19-13 12:39 PM

DA, there are a few people on the Mayor's staff who are doing a great job for the City of Marietta, and there are some who aren't. There are 5 council members who I believe bend over backward for the good of this community, two who just bend over, and one who simply blows about in the wind spouting his opinions. There are many dedicated, qualified individuals working for the city, but there's a fair number who do as little as possible to get by. In the private sector they likely wouldn't have been hired in the first place, and if they were, they probably would have been let go early on.

I'm not on a crusade DA. I don't like to see abuses of power and be told what to do by someone who needs to vacate his office before he hurts the city.

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Aug-18-13 8:46 AM

@Tess: You & your crusade keeps things laughable on here. Many of your posts make no sense at all, while others make a little sense. A good hobby or therapy might help with your condition.

This Mayor, his staff, a few council members, & city employees have done so much for this City. Let's hope they continue working for us, vice taking on personal gain over civic obligation.

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Aug-17-13 10:53 AM

I'd like Mayor Joe to ban speaking by fools within City Hall. It would be so quiet one could hear a pin drop. Mary and Cheyanne may speak.

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Aug-16-13 4:16 PM

sad when WV gets something right before Ohio...

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Aug-16-13 2:52 PM

Go Joe!!! T&D is foolish. Society is as low as it can go b/c no accepts responsibility for thier actions. As a driver you acknowledge that you are about to begin driving a 1,500+ vehicle. Nothing should be distracting you! Wreckless operation exists, but is never cited. So, make this a primary w/ a $150 fine & start enforcing. OBTW, enforce on everyone, & exempt no one. Our very own police officers are always on phones. Why? What happened to radios? I understand a weird scenario, but always... Come on man! And of course, if your technology permits you to be hands free, then your o.k. That is pretty much a known... Anyway, go for it Mayor Joe

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Aug-16-13 1:59 PM

Everything on the new FORDs are touch screen. Why not ban them also?

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Aug-16-13 1:48 PM

People, people. Remember, Joe is a member of the club known as one of "them". He cannot help himself, as he was infected by a "party Boss" many years ago. There is no cure.

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Aug-16-13 1:45 PM

Come on RunMtta Joe can't walk and chew gum. You give him way to much credit.

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Aug-16-13 12:35 PM

Why do people have to be on the "dam" phone all day anyway? They are equally as frustarting on eth sidewalks, and I am tired of looking out for them for them. If you start zig zagging on teh sidewalk liek a drunk because you are texting and run into me... I am kicking you out of the way.

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Aug-16-13 11:11 AM

If they want to make texting and driving a primary offense then EVERYONE needs to get a ticket, not just citizens. ive seen every single cop on their phone while driving also, not only that but playing with their fancy in dash computers too. no one should be above the law. not even the mayor, im sure he texts and drives too

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Aug-16-13 10:50 AM

Texting while driving is certainly as dangerous as driving with .1BAC. At least a minimally drunk driver can see the road. The texter can’t even see the road to notice what just happened in front of him.

The problem remains severe in Marietta, despite the state laws and all the publicity. Just glance around when you are stopped at a light. And don’t forget to look both ways after the light turns green; one might be coming right at you from the side!

Personal freedom is precious, but so is personal responsibility. Joe is right on this one.

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Aug-16-13 10:38 AM

I thought people looking down while driving were looking at their zippers. Silly me.

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Aug-16-13 10:26 AM

You go for it, Joe! I feel texting and driving is right there with drinking and driving. Chances are they'll need to fine half the town. But if your going to fine people for texting follow through with. Don't enact a law or ordnance and then be bias as to who is fined! I think Big Joe has bigger fish to a leaky roof!

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Aug-16-13 7:30 AM

Come on Joe really ? Good on River Trail project taxpayer money not well spent right now but what's new .

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