Those that approve of this ban cite instances of near calamity they have personally experienced by people distracted by cell phone use. The driving force behind this push on the council has come from Val Murri, former publisher of the HDN, who has brought the matter up at every city council meeting he has attended.
Interestingly the council has suggested that this ban not include emergency personnel like the police and firemen. I find this exemption hard to justify as both the police and fire vehicle have radio communication with the dispatch center and really have no need for cell phone use other than for personal business. It is also ironic that in all this debate about restricting our use of cell phones I regularly see police cruising in their squad cars yakking on their cell phones.
If you have an opinion on the proposed cell phone ban you better hustle to make your opinion known as the final reading on this ordinance is to be held at the council meeting on June 7th. (correction- the council meeting is June 6th - thanks Prof) Read a related article on the HDN website here
Just as an afterthought – Should people that drive around town with little dogs in their laps also receive the same citation as the person distracted by using a cell phone while driving?