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Should driving while on the phone be outlawed?

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 9, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man is asking the city commission to make it illegal to use a cell phone while you drive. David Hewett's wife was hit by a car while walking at the Mall about a month ago. She suffered broken bones and is in physical therapy.

He believes the driver may have been on the phone when the accident occurred and now wants the city commission to prohibit cell phone use for drivers. He said, "Too many people were talking and jabbering on the phones, saying little or nothing while operating a 250 horsepower automobile in heavy traffic. That doesn't make sense and as Thomas Jefferson said, 'you are endangering the public safety,' which is a chief function of government, to ensure the public safety and thus I'd like to see the city commission get onto this with an ordinance and promptly."

City attorney Nathan Davis is drafting an ordinance that will allow police to charge people who cause a wreck while speaking on a cell phone.

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