League City to consider cell phone restrictions
A League City councilman has asked the city to research the possibility of an ordinance requiring drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on cell phones.
City Councilman Jim Nelson said he made the request to City Attorney Arnold Polanco earlier this month. He said he expects Polanco to present his findings to City Council next month.
Look, I'm driving right now without the hands-free, but I shouldn't be," said Nelson in a telephone interview Wednesday. But until we have an ordinance to stop this, people are going to do it. I'm just as guilty as anybody."
Such an ordinance would be the first of its kind in the Clear Lake-Galveston County area, although a state law bans using all but a hands-free cell phone while driving in a school zone. Galveston also recently banned texting while driving.
Cities need to take the bull by the horns and go about bringing forth something that provides safety for people while they're in the car," Nelson said. By asking this to be passed, I'm asking people to be more safe."
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