City leaders push for ban on texting and driving - Tucson News Now

City leaders push for ban on texting and driving

Distracted driving has become an epidemic in the United States, that's according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

In fact, in 2009, reports show that more than 5,400 people died in crashes linked to distraction.  In fact, "texting while driving" has become such a prominent hazard that 35 states now ban text messaging for all drivers.

"It's even more dangerous then driving while intoxicated, you are 23 times more likely to be in an accident while you're texting and driving," said Steve Kozachik, Ward 6 Council Member.

Kozachik has been spear heading the ordinance to ban texting while driving. In fact, the city council will host a public hearing Tuesday night, about a possible ban on texting and driving.  Kozachik says Tucson has had a horrible year in traffic fatalities, especially with pedestrians and cars.

"Frankly, when you are texting you are doing the three most critical things that you shouldn't be doing. You're taking your eyes off the road, you're hands off the wheel and you're mind off of what you're doing."

If the ordinance were to pass, it would be effective immediately. The fine would be $100-$250. 

If you're interested in attending the public hearing, it starts 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, at City Hall.



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