O'Fallon enacts distracted driving ordinance

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 03 2014 Dec 3, 2014 Wednesday, December 03, 2014 11:39:27 AM CST December 03, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - Leaders in an eastern Missouri city have approved an ordinance that prohibits such distracted driving practices as fixing hair and makeup and programming GPS devices.

A petition drive to overturn the ordinance in O'Fallon has already begun, with opponents calling it overkill. Former Republican state Rep. Cynthia Davis says the measure violates individual rights.

The City Council enacted the measure that's aimed at inattentive driving in general.

Supporters of the O'Fallon law, like Councilman Jim Pepper, say it's long overdue. He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he's been cut off in traffic at least four times in recent months by people using their cell-phones.

The city's police chief says officers mainly would use the new law in accident investigations.

 

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