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.