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Published: Wednesday, 6/18/2008

Bowling Green mulls ban on drivers talking on cell phones

BOWLING GREEN Bowling Green is considering banning motorists from talking on cell phones while they re inside the city limits.

City Council s transportation and safety committee on Monday discussed the idea proposed by At-large Councilman Bob McOmber for about an hour before deciding to request more information from the city, including a list of pros and cons about enforcement and a draft ordinance.

Police Chief Gary Spencer said he has no idea how many accidents can be blamed on cell phone use, although driver inattention a broad category that includes any type of distraction was blamed for about 3 percent of all traffic crashes in Ohio last year.

He said he is not convinced that it s a huge issue. I m sure there have been accidents caused by someone being on a cell phone, but I m also sure there are accidents caused by someone eating a hamburger, he said. Where do you stop?

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