Greenville may ban driver cell phone use

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 12:30 PM
Last updated 7:13 PM
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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville is considering a ban on any use of a cell phone in a driver’s hand.

The city has created a task force to look at driving safety. Mayor Pro Tem David Sudduth said Monday they determined just a ban on texting was not enough. The task force’s recommendation would also ban talking with a cellphone in a driver’s hand, using the phone as a GPS device or reading directions. Hand-free talking would be allowed.

Sudduth says the full ban will improve driver safety. But Councilwoman Jil Littlejohn questioned if it would go too far, considering there are other distractions in vehicles like changing the radio.

More than a dozen cities in South Carolina have banned texting while driving, but none have banned all cellphone use.

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jimmymac
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jimmymac 12/03/13 - 03:05 pm
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Great move by Greenville on banning cell phone use by drivers. I recently was nearly sideswiped by a driver trying to dial his cell phone or texting. Nothing is so important that drivers can't pull off the road to use their phones. Make the fines stiff and painful.

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rmwhitley 12/03/13 - 05:26 pm
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surprised that Ms. Littlejohn would complain. In my own unscientific survey, 85% percent of texters and cellphone users I encounter are women.

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TrulyWorried 12/04/13 - 06:13 pm
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Too bad Augusta/Richmond County is not looking at such a law. Would probably eliminate a lot of needless accidents. I know of one for sure - as I was the victim of such a practice.

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