Cell-phone, driving ban is 1 step closer

Cell-phone, driving ban is 1 step closer

There are 65 comments on the El Paso Times story from Feb 23, 2010, titled Cell-phone, driving ban is 1 step closer. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

One vote down, one more to go before El Paso becomes the next city to make it illegal to drive and talk or text on a cell phone.

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Old Gringo

East Bernard, TX

#1 Feb 24, 2010
DO IT! This is a "no brainer"! The facts and figures are out there and have been for years about phone use impairing drivers. The cell phone companies and lobby's rail against the laws and defeat them multiple times before common sense prevails.
Mark A

El Paso, TX

#2 Feb 24, 2010
They should also band putting on make up and eye liner while driving.
Nacho

El Paso, TX

#3 Feb 24, 2010
Good law and it should include a ban of cell phone being used in city council hearings and meetings.

Every time City Council is shown members are using cell phones.
elpasovotes

United States

#4 Feb 24, 2010
We favor Quintana's proposed ordinance.

You can vote on a related issue at elpasovotes.info
PoliticalHypocri sy

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Feb 24, 2010
Is this an ordinance being proposed by the same politicos who violate the Open Meetings law every Tuesday during city council meetings by sending and receiving text messages to and from the outside on thier cell phones? What a bunch of hypocrites who seek to legislate to its residents by banning certain cell phone use when these very same politicos openly make a mockery of the Texas Open Meetings law by their own cell phone use during public meetings when they conduct the city's business. Sure sounds like a double standard to me, particularly with the backdrop of Open Meetings issues presented to the city days ago:
http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_1445016...

The proposed ordinance is a worthy law, but as usual the mayor and city council confront another opportunity to exhibit their hypocritical tendencies.
Armando

San Antonio, TX

#6 Feb 24, 2010
What el paso needs to do is bring a professional sport team if they like to compete with cities like Chicago, New York and Philadelphia!!! El Paso is a joke!! Just a small city with a BIG city mentality!!
Proud to live In El Paso

El Paso, TX

#7 Feb 24, 2010
I support the ban, just make sure vendors don't start jacking up the price on hands free devices.
GEEZOUS

El Paso, TX

#8 Feb 24, 2010
This is about safety... not about Chicago, New York, Mexcali or Open meeting laws...mentalities, handsfree vendors... it's about SAFETY... SO include the ban on putting on makeup while driving.
Bob

Roseland, NJ

#9 Feb 24, 2010
What's funny is that areas without cell phone bans have no more accidents then those that do. Look it up. The problem is distracted drivers in general, not cell phones.
About time

El Paso, TX

#10 Feb 24, 2010
Outstanding proposal by Rep. Quintana, I see she is trying to pull all of the stops to try and keep her city council job in light of her pending criminal case. On the same token shame on all of the other representatives and the mayor for not suggesting the proposal themselves. I'm glad to hear about the proposal because cell phone use and texting and driving are a problem with drivers in this city. I drive for a living and have had way too many close calls with cell phone distracted drivers. I read a fellow citizens complaint in which he said " even if it’s against the law I am still going to do it". Well, it's much like anything else that people do. Drunk driving is against the law and people still do it! Passing the resolution will surely save lives, reduce accidents attributed to cell phone use and most importantly hit violators in the pocket book and generate more money for the city. Bright idea Ms. Quintana! It's about time!
Polluter

El Paso, TX

#11 Feb 24, 2010
The "Ban" is not going to work. People will still use phones while driving. Are there going to be police at every corner watching for cell phone use while driving? I agree that engaging in ANY other activity, other than driving, while driving, is the problem.
Bobby

El Paso, TX

#12 Feb 24, 2010
Article dated: January 29, 2010

'A new study suggests that laws banning talking on or sending text messages with cell phones while driving may not significantly decrease the risk of traffic accidents. Instead, experts suggest dealing with the problem of distracted drivers in general.'

Complete article can be read at:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-10444717-26...
Clowns are us

El Paso, TX

#13 Feb 24, 2010
What a joke, cell phones, eating, make up, smoking, drinking, yelling at your kids, driving too slow in the fast lane, changing the radio or CD and of course talking. Ban it all. let big brother tell you what to do in your private personal space.
lin

Chaparral, NM

#14 Feb 24, 2010
If they pass this ban I will rally so they dont get elected again this law should be on the ballot not just them vote on it.
Tax them

El Paso, TX

#15 Feb 24, 2010
A better solution would be a Dollar Tax on every cell phone minute! People yak and yak and I bet about 99% of all that talking is about nothing.

Remember the days when there were no cell phones; it would be wonderful if we could return to those better times!
Julian

Englewood, CO

#16 Feb 24, 2010
Your argument is moronic...it hardly compares....noone is in danger by someone texting or talking on a cell phone at a city council meeting! god da** some people cant help themselves, they always have to use the "hypocrisy" argument even when it is completely out of context....
PoliticalHypocrisy wrote:
Is this an ordinance being proposed by the same politicos who violate the Open Meetings law every Tuesday during city council meetings by sending and receiving text messages to and from the outside on thier cell phones? What a bunch of hypocrites who seek to legislate to its residents by banning certain cell phone use when these very same politicos openly make a mockery of the Texas Open Meetings law by their own cell phone use during public meetings when they conduct the city's business. Sure sounds like a double standard to me, particularly with the backdrop of Open Meetings issues presented to the city days ago:
http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_1445016...
The proposed ordinance is a worthy law, but as usual the mayor and city council confront another opportunity to exhibit their hypocritical tendencies.
Julian

Englewood, CO

#17 Feb 24, 2010
better days..yeah right...like being stuck on an open highway 50 miles from anywhere with no phone? You mean like being lost in a city and stopping at a 7-11 only to find 6 people waiting to use the phone or finding that the phone is broken? Yeah those were the good old days! I just love these anti-progress old folks who are incapable of adapting to new technologies....notice how everything in the past was "better days" LOL at Silly Senior Citizens....
Tax them wrote:
A better solution would be a Dollar Tax on every cell phone minute! People yak and yak and I bet about 99% of all that talking is about nothing.
Remember the days when there were no cell phones; it would be wonderful if we could return to those better times!
Julian

Englewood, CO

#18 Feb 24, 2010
Why? Because you like to talk on your cell phone while driving? You go ahead and "rally" LOL While you are at it why not try to repeal the drunk driving law...I suppose you think its a good idea to drive drunk too...
lin wrote:
If they pass this ban I will rally so they dont get elected again this law should be on the ballot not just them vote on it.
Obama bin Biden

United States

#19 Feb 24, 2010
What's next, you can't eat your McDonalds burger while driving either?
How about smoking?
Can't change the radio station or cd anymore?
What's next?

Don't you love Government telling you what you can and can't do because of a few irresponsible teenagers?

Punish the many for the few.
It's rediculous......and probably just a ploy to make more money, because everybody knows the city needs money to spend on idiotic projects to take care of their buddies.

Knowing our liberal city council, they will stip the right of you to eat a burrito while driving next.

Liberals suck. Always doing what they believe is good for you instead of you deciding what is good for yourself.
Follow the money!!!!!
Obama bin Biden

United States

#20 Feb 24, 2010
Julian wrote:
Why? Because you like to talk on your cell phone while driving? You go ahead and "rally" LOL While you are at it why not try to repeal the drunk driving law...I suppose you think its a good idea to drive drunk too...
<quoted text>
Your just another pawn. You can't decide what is good for you or not, you need big brother to think for you. How sad.
Wow, great analogy, drunk driving compared to using the cel phone while driving?
You liberals make me sick.
Go back to Europe and love your socialism there!!!

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