published Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Ordinance to make texting while driving illegal in Chattanooga deferred

by Cliff Hightower

The Chattanooga City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday to defer for two weeks an ordinance that would make texting illegal while driving. Councilmen Andraé McGary, Peter Murphy and Manny Rico all voted against the deferral.

The state already has a law on the books making texting illegal while driving, but Chattanooga officials said city judges have asked for a city ordinance so they also can hear cases.

Councilwoman Deborah Scott told council members Tuesday she had a problem with part of the city legislation because it appeared that, if someone were dialing a phone number, they could get into trouble.

"You can or cannot punch in a number?" Scott asked.

"You can," Assistant City Attorney Ken Fritz replied.

Councilman Russell Gilbert then stepped in and said he also thought the ordinance was confusing.

"It needs to be spelled out," he said.

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jxlanger said...

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, Chattanooga ranks 7th in the nation in highway traffic deaths per 1,000 capita. If anyone drives in this area it doesn't take long to see why it is so dangerous. The inbred,braindead hillbillies that inhabit the tri-state area can't do simple things like give a turn signal,drive the speed limit,or just be courteous on the road. Yes, we need some sort of legislation in place to curtail at least some of this stupid and dangerous driving!

September 18, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.
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