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Corpus Christi Cell Phone Ordinance Gets Second Reading

Destiny Baker3 years ago

The Corpus Christi City Council has passed the first reading of a proposed ordinance restricting cell phone use while driving.

Current Status of the Proposed Cell Phone Ordinance

  • The Caller-Times reports that the proposed ordinance requested by Police Chief Floyd Simpson had its first reading Tuesday at which the City Council, with one member absent, unanimously voted in favor of allowing it to move to a second reading.
  • Should the proposed ordinance pass its second reading, currently planned for October 8, it would then become law.
  • The city ordinance would ban texting while driving and restrict cell phone calls to hands-free devices only with exceptions for reporting medical emergencies, accidents and crimes.
  • Violations would be classified as a Class C misdemeanor and be punishable by up to a $500 fine.

Plans for Enacting the Cell Phone Restrictions

“People are dying. Homicides are shocking, but people are kind of blasé about traffic accidents.” – Police Chief Floyd Simpson as published by the Caller-Times

  • Chief Simpson hopes the new ordinance will help to reduce the number of traffic accidents and pedestrian fatalities in the city, but does acknowledge that “the jury is still out” on wether it will be successful in doing so.
  • El Paso passed a similar ordinance in 2010, but, as Chief Simpson points out, there is insufficient data to make valid claims on whether the ordinance has had an effect or not. It is suspected that it will take five to seven years of data to make accurate claims on the effectiveness of the ordinance.
  • Police will not enforce the restrictions until 30 to 45 days after the ordinance's passing, during which time there will be a campaign to raise awareness about the new ordinance via billboards and digital signage.
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