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Texting-while-driving ban approved

City police will issue warnings until the law becomes official

March 7, 2014

An ordinance that bans texting while driving within the city of Marietta was adopted by Marietta City Council Thursday....

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upriver

Mar-07-14 9:28 PM

"And I agree, they will ACTUALLY have to enforce it to make it mean anything. (Not that there aren't MANY opportunities every day)."

I think that the way this will get solved, overall, not just in Marietta, is when insurance companies get in on the act. When they refuse to pay for people who were running their mouth on the phone when they should have been driving it will get attention. Not that anything will completely solve it, look at how many people still drive while drunk out of their mind.

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upriver

Mar-07-14 8:47 PM

"distracted driving is a function of situational common sense and you can't legislate common sense"

That statement makes absolutely no sense.

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upriver

Mar-07-14 8:45 PM

It's a sad commentary on humans that we even need this law, but we definitely do. I grew up around alcoholics and heard them make the same arguments for why it's ok to drink and drive. The big problem with impaired driving is that, by definition, you don't know how badly you're driving. The real question though is why phones have such a deep grip on some people. Why are some people so desperate to be talking to someone, anyone, on the phone? I've known one person who lost a good job because she simply couldn't, not wouldn't, couldn't, put it down. It's an illness for some people, and since they also have to drive they will be out there playing bumper cars without a clue, wondering why those strange people are honking and yelling at them.

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iloverootbeer

Mar-07-14 4:47 PM

"Section (A) of the section does not apply to any of the following.....

(3) A person driving a public safety vehicle who uses a handheld electronic wireless communications device in the manner in the course of the person's duty"

Officers get a pass

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RealityInTheMOV

Mar-07-14 3:27 PM

So Kalter called in backup...

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flintknapper

Mar-07-14 3:24 PM

I think some could argue that the "fierce and mindless property code enforcement" is an attempt to show "more respect for the basic needs of the citizen" - misguided though it may be. And by you (and I) agreeing with the text/drive ban, we are encouraging a squelching of freedoms under a "heavy-handed bureaucracy".

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Helper

Mar-07-14 2:56 PM

This is another move by the mayor to address a real world problems that Marietta citizens face today -- in this case, a life or death problem. Thank you, Joe, for the hand-held initiative.

Across Putnam Street, the pie-in-the-sky councilman spends time and money to make some future Marietta more fancy and politically correct (scheming for “dignified” council chambers, rejecting safe and supervised gas leasing money, erecting fierce and mindless property code enforcement). Even if council begins holding meetings in the beautifully awesome Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption minor basilica, it will never be “dignified” until it quits wasting money on frills and starts showing more respect for the basic needs of the citizen: police, fire, water/sewer, streets, health, and freedom from heavy-handed bureaucracy.

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NasCarNut

Mar-07-14 1:19 PM

 how will they let out-of-towners know?

While driving into Parkersburg off the toll bridge yesterday I saw a sign stating cell phone use is banned while driving, not those exact words but the sign was there...

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flintknapper

Mar-07-14 11:44 AM

Agreed Tessie, how will they let out-of-towners know?

I mean at least they're doing something about it, and I am quite glad, but it does need to be known.

And I agree, they will ACTUALLY have to enforce it to make it mean anything. (Not that there aren't MANY opportunities every day).

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CeeJay

Mar-07-14 11:38 AM

Thank you Marietta r getting one right. Now, will they actually enforce it?

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Tessie

Mar-07-14 10:50 AM

It seems the ban is more than just about texting, "fined for texting or operating hand held cell phones and other wireless devices while operating a vehicle". It wasn't clear to me that the ban encompassed more than texting or I would have objected. BTW, I don't text while driving.

How exactly are drivers from out of the area to know that they're breaking a local law? Is the city going to post signs at the all of the entries telling drivers about this?

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bereasonable

Mar-07-14 8:55 AM

waiting for the bans on smoking, eating fast food, adjusting the radio, arguing with passengers, programming GPS, etc...distracted driving is a function of situational common sense and you can't legislate common sense

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ProudWashCoRes

Mar-07-14 8:23 AM

I hope we can make citizen arrest (Gomer Pyle reference) when we see a sheriff on the phone. Have observed that alot.

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jacsm1217

Mar-07-14 7:28 AM

Glad to see they covered both texting and talking on the phone. Good job, you got it right.

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