DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The vote on a proposed ban on using cell phones while driving in Denton has been pushed back by the city council.
Elected leaders decided to hold off again Tuesday. The discussion has been going on for months.
The latest delay comes down to clarifying what the ordinance will mean. City council members said they also have concerns about enforcement.
The council decided to wait until December before members revisit this again.
The City of Denton already banned phones in 2014 for texting, email, social media and any activities other than talking. Police have said, however, that the current law is not enough. Statistics show that the number of distracted driving crashes still went up over the next year.
In-vehicle distractions contributed to 254 crashes in Denton since the start of 2014, and authorities found that cell phone use accounted for 31 percent of all distracted driving crashes. Denton is also a college town. The city found that drivers between 18 and 20 years of age are about twice as likely to have a crash or near-crash than any other age range.
Police hope that an all-out ban would be easier to enforce.
“We do have, essentially, three colleges in this city,” said Officer Shane Kizer of the Denton Police Department. “When you have the younger kids that are used to using the phone everywhere they go, they have a phone in their hand, it’s more distraction. Probably a little bit more concern here in Denton than some of the more rural areas.”
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