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Greenville City Council to mull texting while driving ban

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You know you shouldn't be doing it.

But more often than not, that urge to answer the text while driving around town is, for some, too much to resist.

"People are not paying attention to what they're doing, instead paying attention to a little box," said David Sanford, a cell phone user who, when asked, admitted that he doesn't text and drive.

If some Greenville city leaders have their way, that "little box" could get you in trouble if you're driving.

Greenville City Councilman David Sudduth called texting and driving an "epidemic" that needs to be addressed.

Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming said Wednesday that it's time the issue be addressed.

"Ten years ago this wouldn't have been on anybody's radar - 'Are you out of your mind,'" said Flemming. "But (now) because of the prevalence because a lot of people don't even have landlines."

Flemming said talk about the ban is in the discussion phase right now. On Sept. 30, the Greenville City Council will formally discuss the texting ban, though no vote is expected to be taken.

As for the prevalence of wrecks related to texting and driving, Greenville police said it's a national trend.

"We've had them here in Greenville," said PFC Johnathan Bragg with the Greenville Police Dept. "We've had several where we respond to the scene, and they'll say, 'I was sending an email, I was sending a text back,' and they rear ended someone'."

Police said it's hard to quantify the amount of accidents related to texting and driving. Since there is no law forbidding it, it would only get a passing mention on an incident report.

"It's dangerous to eat and drive, just as it is to text and drive. Either one is taking your eyes off the roadway, and that's the dangerous part," said Bragg.

"It's almost like being drunk, and I assume with reaction time it would be similar," said Sanford.

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