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Sep 24, 2013 3:55 PM by Caroline Flores

First Reading of Distracted Driving Ordinance

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today city council approved the first reading of the Distracted Driver Ordinance. This ordinance will allow officers to pull over anyone texting or using their cell phones while driving.

Police Chief Floyd Simpson says if this ordinance is approved officers will have the authority to pull over any drivers who are distracted by their cell phones. He says it will be up to the officer to decide whether or not to issue a ticket. Tickets for violating this ordinance can be up to $500 and the person would have to take either a Defensive Driver or Aggressive Driving course.

The second reading of this ordinance will be October 8th. At that time Chief Simpson says the police department will begin enforcing the ordinance immediately.

The ordinance passed it's first reading with full support from city council member and the Mayor.

A lot of viewers are asking if the ordinance would affect Corpus Christi police officers? Chief Simpson says the answer is 'yes.'

While officers won't be issued tickets for using a cell phone while driving, they will be subject to administrative action if superiors determine they're using phones for something other than official business.

Keep in mind, officers need to use their cell phones to gather information while heading to emergencies.

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