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Marietta texting ban would have to trump state law

October 1, 2013

Drivers could soon face stiff fines and jail time for texting or talking on cell phones within the city of Marietta, according to a proposal by Mayor Joe Matthews during a city council police and......

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TXBuckeye

Oct-01-13 8:41 PM

Oh great, another law that applies to all of us EXCEPT government workers. Yeah, this looks like another great idea from our ruling class.....

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DevilsAdvocate

Oct-01-13 8:23 PM

About frig-gin time! I'm tired of the idiots paying more selfish attention to themselves verses acknowledging the responsibility that comes along with operating a two ton vehicle. People sitting at green lights, turning into oncoming traffic, ignoring those around them. No age group is immune, that is what I find amazing about this.

The penalty has to stricter than that now, & will be up to the judge to determine the fine, points, & possible sentence.

Sorry all, it is a no brainner. If we weren't so selfish, this wouldn't be necessary.

So Tess, Joe is right on the money with this one. He can impact/deter a potential fatality. I'm with him since drivers refuse to take responsibility or use common sense, your wording.

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BeRight

Oct-01-13 5:22 PM

Maybe the easiest thing to do would be to pass a law that makes it illegal to drive a car while looking down at your crotch. That is what concerns me. I if they are not looking at the road they are dangerous.

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Rankinrocks

Oct-01-13 4:13 PM

I will agree that that penalty is a bit harsh, realistically. That said, who here wont be ******** up a storm when some family gets totaled by a driver drifting lanes because she's on cell texting away? I see it almost every day coming to work (big red truck, weaving ALL over every morning, Rt 7 - you know who you are) There is too much evidence to deny the dangers, and I'm glad something is being done (and yes, the harsher the penalty, the more probably likely to be followed), but seriously, 180 days?

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oneshotonedrop

Oct-01-13 12:16 PM

Ok let me get this straight a cop can use his phone. I guess the rest of use are to dump for that kind of fancy driving. Also Joe I think you need to go after all them women jogging in sports brassiere.

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fanoftigers

Oct-01-13 11:35 AM

Texting is not something to be ignored, but c'mon Joe. Why not the same penalty for distracted driving while eating fast food from the drive through while behind the wheel? How about jail time for looking down to change the radio station or cd while driving? I can't believe this is the biggest issue the City has to deal with right now.

Here's one....why don't we just enforce the speed limits that we have now in Marietta?

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Tessie

Oct-01-13 10:52 AM

This proposed law is a ridiculous waste of time for everyone involved. The law director's time is better spent focusing on real problems the city faces, such as the lawsuit against KTA-Tater. The police have more important things to do than follow people around to catch them doing things they should have enough sense not to do. City council has more than enough to deal with than to spend another minute on Joe Matthew's manufactured problems. He is all about police and fire department activities to the exclusion of other very important things in the City of Marietta.

I'd like to know the success rate of this in Beechwood and how it's being measured. If there isn't already enough to keep our current law enforcement staff busy then perhaps there shouldn't have been recent hires in the police department.

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LineJudge

Oct-01-13 10:25 AM

Joe "Bloomberg" Matthews

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flintknapper

Oct-01-13 9:59 AM

About freaking time

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CeeJay

Oct-01-13 9:54 AM

I doubt highly they would enforce the maximum (like they don't for B and E, drugs etc), but overall I like the idea.

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Thrifty

Oct-01-13 9:28 AM

Let's pass this right after we pass a city law requiring motorcycle helmets.

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ea333555

Oct-01-13 8:49 AM

I see law enforcement on their phones all the time.....and speeding down Route 7.....but they are probably always on their way to an emergency. LOL

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ea333555

Oct-01-13 8:43 AM

I don't believe texting while driving is petty but the jail sentence is unrealistic compared to other violations.

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McCabe

Oct-01-13 6:59 AM

What is wrong with this picture ? Everything . Lets get down to real problems or is petty all they know how to deal with.

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RodneyF

Oct-01-13 6:48 AM

So the mayor wants to threaten people with 180 day jail sentences for talking or texting while driving but using, dealing and producing hard drugs gets community control and breaking and entering gets 60 day. Excellent logic.

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RodneyF

Oct-01-13 6:48 AM

So the mayor wants to threaten people with 180 day jail sentences for talking or texting while driving but using, dealing and producing hard drugs gets community control and breaking and entering gets 60 day. Excellent logic.

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