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Hearing on city cell phone ban gets no response

November 20, 2013

No members of the public showed up Tuesday evening for a special meeting of Marietta City Council's police and fire committee to discuss legislation regulating the use of cell phones and other......

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ohioankev

Nov-21-13 3:36 PM

Cool this phone ban only mentions talking on the phone and texting. It doesn't say I can't drive and play Angry Birds! ;)

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ohioankev

Nov-21-13 3:36 PM

Cool this phone ban only mentions talking on the phone and texting. It doesn't say I can't drive and play Angry Birds! ;)

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upriver

Nov-21-13 1:35 PM

I believe that the solution to the cell phone zombies will come from insurance companies. When they start requiring police to note whether a phone was in use at the time (and there are technical ways to prove or disprove this) then refuse to pay off if the driver was using a phone people may start paying attention.

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NasCarNut

Nov-20-13 9:37 PM

What will the phone junkies do if they have to wait till they reach their destination to make a call??...I sure hope it passes and lots of tickets are wrote :)

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Ann1947

Nov-20-13 8:07 PM

What will the cellphone vigilantes do??

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Helper

Nov-20-13 7:43 PM

Sell off the older armored car and buy hands-free for every emergency vehicle in the county.

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thegreek

Nov-20-13 7:37 PM

OSHP. I have seen alot of statees using a phone while driving. Do they have a carphone? A lot of time when I see someone doing something goofy or driving funny, I will say to my wife "he or she is on the phone" and dang if it aint true.

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Someguy80

Nov-20-13 2:26 PM

@Tessie, you can find them in the print edition of the Marietta Times or online on the city calendar on mariettaoh****. As far as I know, the Times does not publish the events online, just in the print paper, and uses the city calendar for online notification. They have to notify the public of these forums BY LAW if I am not mistaken. Someone who reads the print paper will find them. The casual internet user can go to the city website to find them, which is where I go… The fact of the matter is, these things are published, they are put out there. I knew about it, I didn't think it was worth my while to attend. I am for the law, it makes our town just that little bit safer. If I had to wager a guess, I would say over half of the unsafe driving incidents I see in this town on a weekly basis involve someone with a cellphone in their hand.

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NasCarNut

Nov-20-13 1:57 PM

If I had been ticketed there would have been nothing I could have done about it.

You could have pulled your phone out and had the officer check the time of your last text or call...

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JUSTWANNAKNOW

Nov-20-13 12:17 PM

OF COURSE, ROGER COULDN'T DO TWO THINGS AT ONE ANYWAYS.

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JUSTWANNAKNOW

Nov-20-13 12:15 PM

WELL SINCE THE BICYLISTS 'SHARE THE ROAD" WITH AUTOMOBILES, BUT DON'T HAVE TO BUY LICENSE PLATES, THEN THEY SHOULD GET CITED FOR TALKING / TEXTING THE SAME AS ANYONE ELSE.

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BeRight

Nov-20-13 12:00 PM

I just checked the City of Marietta Web site. This meeting was posted on their calendar (as usual) and the agenda was clearly noted as:

"AGENDA: Discuss use of electronic wireless communication devices while driving. (Banning)”

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BeRight

Nov-20-13 11:52 AM

Public meeting notices are published in the news paper.

Everything in the written news paper does not necessarily end up on this web site.

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StoneCold

Nov-20-13 11:40 AM

My biggest issue with this is that you have no defense against it - it's your word against the officers.

A month ago I was pulled over to the side of the road by a Marietta Police officer and he mentioned that I was observed using my cell phone.

MY PHONE WAS IN MY POCKET WHERE IT HAD BEEN SINCE I GOT INTO THE VEHICLE!

If I had been ticketed there would have been nothing I could have done about it.

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Tessie

Nov-20-13 11:31 AM

Lululu, that is the point. Marietta wants to add to the State law by making cell phone use while driving illegal within the city limits. Doing so will mean that every visitor who comes here will be subject to being stopped and fined if using a cell phone. This is an enforcement nightmare for the police and courts. Busy work. This needs done on a state level, not a local level.

Where exactly did you find the information about the meeting SomeGuy?

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BeRight

Nov-20-13 11:14 AM

I have Bluetooth on all my vehicles and that does help. You can talk and look out the window and drive. We all do it every day if we have a passenger in the car or are hauling kids. I can tell you from experience that the biggest danger is the texting. You cannot Text and look out the window at the same time. Whenever I need to text or send an email, I pull over in a MacDonald’s or even on the side of the interstate.

It is plain dangerous to just read a test while driving.

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Someguy80

Nov-20-13 10:49 AM

If you take the time to actually read the newspaper, you will find these public announcements for city council to be rather frequent. As someone who regularly watches drivers on cell phones do their best to take out pedestrians and fellow motorists, I am for this ban in the city. Seems like every time I get behind the wheel I see someone almost get taken out. My favorite was just a few days ago. Watched a woman texting drive right through the light at Putnam and Front. didn't even flinch, how she didn't get t-boned is a question only God can answer.

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Helper

Nov-20-13 10:03 AM

Allow only hands-free phoning while driving, no texting. Allow commercial drivers and emergency workers an extra 180 days grace to get their equipment upgraded to hands-free. Forgive emergency workers emergency use of hand-held phone if chief approves the incident in writing -- but never any texting.

The growing nanny state is a terrible threat to America's strength and survival, but this proposed rule is no more an enlargement of the nanny state than placing a speed limit on a street would be.

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LuLuLu

Nov-20-13 10:02 AM

The author needs to check his facts. "That means an adult...could be additionally cited for talking or texting on a hand-held device." In Ohio, adult drivers are permitted to talk on a cell phone while driving. They may not, however write, send or read a text while driving.

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MariettaMeouw

Nov-20-13 9:42 AM

Enough already. It is a state law already, why are we wasting our time passing another law.

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slogoin

Nov-20-13 8:59 AM

or..meet my neighbor/friend.Hit by a driver texting(or a texter that was driving)whom will never be able to properly walk again and several surgeries and..she only had state min insurance.Didnt even pay for the life flight.Something has to change

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Kendall78

Nov-20-13 8:20 AM

You got to love slippery slope arguments. They never make any sense.

The facts are that nearly 1 out of every 4 accident have a cell phone involved. There is simply no reason to be on a cell phone while driving.

Now if they could only make the police follow the same rules...then that would be nice.

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mattelliott

Nov-20-13 7:33 AM

Sounds like a money maker for the city. Next they can install a few cameras, and mail offenders citations. A third offense would probably result in them taking your vehicle and selling it at public auction. Voters need to remember the supporters of this idiotic law come election time.

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Tessie

Nov-20-13 7:00 AM

Was there an announcement that this proposal was being discussed? If city officials want the input of the public then there needs to be better communication from the city to the public. Back when the CDGB proposals were to be discussed in a so-called public meeting, one of our esteemed councilmen suggested the meeting not be announced because people might show up.

This is an important proposal and more should be done to publicize such meetings. Mr. T needs to realize that everything does not relate to people in wheelchairs or other physically disabled folks. Mr. K needs to realize that everything does not relate to people on bicycles. Please get out of your tiny worldview and try to see the bigger picture. That's a picture that relates to the average person living and visiting Marietta and isn't all about you.

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