First Reading of Ordinance Banning Use of Phone While Driving Approved
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
City Council took big steps toward combating distracted driving within city limits on Tuesday. On first reading, they approved a new ordinance imposing hefty fines for using a phone while driving.
Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns was at the meeting, and joined us with details of the ordinance, and how residents are reacting.
Because of all the accidents and deaths in the city, Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson made his case for the ordinance, which will allow officers to stop you for using a cell phone while driving.
The chief used numbers of deaths due to foul play and deaths due to traffic accidents the last few years to point out that residents are more upset about felonious deaths.
The ordinance does make allowances for emergency calls.
The City is planning a campaign to inform drivers of the new ordinance before police begin issuing tickets. The ordinance is set for a second reading on Oct. 7, and could go into effect within a month after that.