Glendale considering ban on texting while driving

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The City of Glendale is considering a ban on texting while driving similar to the law in Phoenix.

On September 7 the Glendale City Council heard from the Glendale Police Department who was urging council members to submitt a drat ordinance later this year that would prohibit drivers from sending text messages on cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.

Glendale police hope the proposed ordinance is expected to reduce dangers on the roadway caused by texting while driving.

The Glendale ordinance would mirror the ordinance currently active withing the City of Phoenix. Phoenix banned texting while driving back in 2007.

According to Glendale police, "The ordinance would not apply to the following:  public safety personnel, drivers of authorized emergency vehicles, public transit personnel, commercial drivers, and hospital or health officials, who are in the performance of their assigned duties or attempting to mitigate emergency situations."

A draft is expected later in the fall.