Mayor asks for changes to Detroit cell-phone ban

Cell-phone users are still safe to chat away while driving in Detroit, at least for the time being.

Mayor Kilpatrick sent the ordinance back to City Council yesterday asking that they find a way to make revisions to the ordinance since approving the ban would only combat one distraction while driving – phone use – but still allow for others like eating or drinking.

2 Comments so far

  1. till (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    It’s banned over here as well. I think drinking something destracts less than talking on the cellphone. For example, when I walk home and talk to someone on the phone I rarely ever am able to recall the last 5 minutes walking. Driving, we have a point system, you get a certain amount for a certain penalty. And you get 1 point and a 30 eur fine (if I remember, guess I was talking on the phone :-)).

  2. max (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    i’m pretty sure that eating, drinking, applying make up, shaving, changing a CD and those sorts of things are illegal while driving under a “distracted driver” law but never enforced unless it’s visibly interfering with your driving. i thought it was funny, though, when they were discussing this subject on a TV news show a couple days ago and they were showing people driving while on the phone and one driver, while on the phone looked at the camera person and took her other hand off the steering wheel to wave at the camera.

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