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Mesa transportation chair wants text ban

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 5:28 pm | Updated: 7:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The chairman of the Mesa Transportation Board has proposed the city pass an ordinance to ban text messaging while driving.

Chairman Greg Woods said he thinks there ought to be a statewide ban, but fears acting sooner could avoid traffic fatalities in Mesa.

“And a parent will come before the Transportation Advisory Board asking what measures the city has taken to prevent such accidents,” he wrote in an e-mail to a Mesa transportation official.

This comes on the heels of an ordinance the city of Phoenix passed this month to ban the practice of text messaging while driving and making it a primary traffic offense, meaning offenders can be pulled over for the act of texting.

The next Transportation Advisory Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16, at 57 E. First Street in Mesa.

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