Beaufort takes first step in banning texting while driving | News
BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC)- They have been talking about it for years, but now Beaufort City Council has taken the first step in banning texting while driving.
Under the proposed ordinance, texting while driving would be banned for all drivers in the cit. Drivers under 18 would also be prohibited from talking on cell phones.
"I'm hoping to save lives and avoid a lot of traffic accidents," said George O'Kelley, Beaufort City Council.
O'Kelley introduced the ordinance. He started this fight years ago, hoping to make the roads safer. He's glad to see it is moving forward.
"Pure and simple, safety," said O'Kelley.
So what do drivers have to say about all of this?
"I think it's about time," said Nancy Kormendi. "I really think it's important because it so hazardous."
"I think it's a great idea," said Jeanie Walker. "I don't think you should have your eyes off the road for any reason."
Walker works downtown and she says she sees texting while driving quite a bit.
"They run red lights and stop signs. They don't see people crossing the road half of the time, especially here on Bay Street," said Walker.
But some are concerned about how it will be enforced.
"We live in Norhtern California and we still see people talking and texting all the time, even through there is a ban against it," said Patty Lucky.
So how would it be enforced in Beaufort?
"The officer has to see it," said O'Kelley. "If the offender says no I wasn't doing that, the law officer has the ability to subpoena the phone records."
Before it would go into effect, Beaufort City Council would have to pass a final reading.
If passed, tickets would start out at $50.
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