Vote set for ban on using phones when driving in Alamogordo

Posted at: 05/13/2013 7:31 AM | Updated at: 05/13/2013 7:32 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Alamogordo officials are scheduled Tuesday to take another try at passing a proposed ban on using cell phones while behind the wheel.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the city commission has struggled to pass the proposal for the past two months as members have added and deleted prohibitions on talking while driving and exceptions for law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel.

The latest version would prohibit talking and texting while driving without a hands-free device and make exceptions for calls made during emergencies and by emergency workers in the performance of their official duties.

Some commissioners have objected to the law enforcement exemption.

Others say there are already laws on the books that cover distracted driving, so passing another law would be redundant.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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