Council considers stiffer charge for texting while driving

January 15, 2013

New legislation introduced at Monday evening's Council meeting will subject persons who write, read or send a text message or access the internet while operating a motor vehicle to a charge of reckless operation. The violation would become a minor misdemeanor, meaning that police could stop a vehicle solely for suspicion of texting while driving. Violators would be subject to a $150 fine and 60-day suspension of their driver's license. Council referred the legislation to the regular agenda Monday, January 28. There is no council meeting Monday, January 21, due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

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