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Penalty with cell phone, texting ban in Marietta debated

November 27, 2013

It may take some time before proposed legislation is passed to ban texting or talking on cell phones and using other hand held devices while driving the streets of Marietta....

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TXBuckeye

Nov-27-13 4:31 PM

Just what we need, more laws because "someone's going to get killed". Let the nannies rule. BTW, when was the last fatality in Marietta linked to cell phone use while driving? Last serious injury accident linked to cell phone use? One more excuse to raise revenue and tell everyone how to live their lives.

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JoshBrown

Nov-27-13 4:03 PM

This is just a PC way of checking out people that the police think might have drugs on them. It's a easy way to stop someone and then search the car.

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Kendall78

Nov-27-13 11:36 AM

The cop could just take the cell phone away and tell them they can have it back at the end of the day. If grown adults want to act like children, they can be treated as children.

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Tessie

Nov-27-13 8:24 AM

Enacting a stronger ban than the state is a foolish waste of our official's time and energy. Mr. Kalter is right that something needs to be done, but it needs to be done on a statewide level, not a local one. There are much larger fish to fry for council, the mayor, the law director, and the rest of our city's officials. Seems to me this is a distraction from more important happenings in Marietta.

Last year while walking on the river trail a young female jogger ran right into me while she was texting. Are we to ban this as well?

The problem is societal. People want instant gratification in everything they do, from texting while driving, to fast food. Hurry up and wait. Maybe that's something we all need to work on instead of creating an unenforceable law.

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Alwayssomething

Nov-27-13 8:01 AM

So how many extra officers will need to be hired to enforce this law? And, by the way, sometimes my husband gets distracted just talking to whomever is in the car. Should we do something about that too? Forget the SUV's: You can sit on my front porch and see them texting while they're driving.

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McCabe

Nov-27-13 6:22 AM

WOW I found the ONE time I can agree with Tom . The state of Ohio already has a law in place banning texting while driving, and Vukovic asked why the city should pursue its own ordinance. But the answer is NO They should not remember that Tom .

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pefnight

Nov-27-13 5:25 AM

Ok so are they going to give themself a ticket when they get a phone call from their wife or kids. Looks like the city will have to spend more money for Bluetooth cause all of the Bosses has cell phone that the city gives them to use.

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