Board of Aldermen Defeat Measure Banning Car Cell Phone Use
ASHLAND - The Ashland Board of Aldermen defeated an ordinance Tuesday night which would have outlawed talking on cell phones while driving.
The board announced during the meeting that such an ordinance was not in its jurisdiction.
Mayor Gene Rhorer did not explain why the board did not know it's power when introducing the measure.
He said ordinances dealing with drivers is within the state's jurisdiction. There is currently a proposal in the Missouri House of Representatives that would also ban talking while driving.
One Ashland resident is disappointed with the decision because she believes talking while driving is equally as dangerous as texting and driving.
"People get distracted on their cell phones. They have one hand on their cell phone and one hand on the wheel. That's just as bad as texting and driving as far as I'm concerned," Lisa Vandegrit said.
However some believed the measure went too far and agreed that the council had no right to restrict drivers' rights.
"I think folks should certainly be careful and shouldn't be on their phones while driving. But I don't believe the city has the authority to make that a law and ticket folks," Ashland resident Lana Trammell said.
The vote defeating the measure was unanimous.