Council Expected to Pass Ordinance Banning Cell Phones While Driving
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, council is expected to approve a new ordinance that would restrict the use of cell phones by drivers on city streets.
The new ordinance forbids the use of cell phones unless the driver is using a hands-free device.
"It's a good thing. I believe it's good," resident Jane Gimler said. "It's just trying to be able to master it and be able to, you know, obey the law. That's going to be the hardest thing, and I'm not ready."
"If it's going to be a law, we just have to obey it. I've never used it before," resident Raul Hernandez said. "I guess I'll learn to use it, but yeah, I mean, we just have to obey it."
While the City plans to give a few weeks leeway for motorists to learn about the law, the police chief said he expects his officers to start handing out tickets within a month. Fines for violating the cell phone ordinance could be as high as $500.