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Greenville council discusses distracted driving ban

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In a meeting at City Hall Monday, Greenville City Council recommended a formal meeting after the holidays to further discuss suggestions from a subcommittee regarding texting and driving regulations.

The subcommittee suggested that people not be allowed to use a cell phone or smart device at all while driving. There would be exceptions for hands-free devices, however.

During Monday's meeting, the discussion was not simply about texting and driving, but about other forms of distraction.

"The other thing is the distracted driving as a result of talking on the phone, looking on the websites, pandora, checking...whatever," said assistant city attorney Bob Coler.

As the discussion into the proposed ban continues, leaders are still working to determine if the texting would be an offense officers could pull drivers over for or if it would be a secondary offense after drivers were pulled over for something else.

It is still unclear whether police would be required to enforce that regulation at stop lights. And the proposed ban would not likely apply to parked vehicles.

"I'm guilty of texting and driving even though I say (even though it is legal) that you shouldn't do it, but it's just so easy to, and Ii think we need something that would stop us from texting and driving," said Greenville resident Erica Grant.

Mayor Pro Tem David Sudduth said state legislators are grappling with the legal language of such a regulation.

"Collectively, we're at that point, and personally we're at that point where we do need to do something," Sudduth said. "I think as a group, we've got to figure out what that something is."

Greenville Police Chief Terri Wilfong also spoke at the meeting.

The public will be notified when they can share their input at a formal meeting after the holidays.

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