Tucson closer to texting while driving ban

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- City council members are trying to put the brakes on texting while driving.  

And Wednesday they moved one step closer to make it illegal to text when you're out on the road.

Council members watched a video conveying the dangers of texting while driving.

"I think it was a powerful video. As a bike rider and a runner myself, it really hit home with me," said Councilman Steve Kozachik.

A proposed ban received unanimous support around the table.  Almost everyone agrees, it's an accident waiting to happen.

Arizona remains one of six states in the U.S. without a texting ban.  State Representative Steve Farley has tried and failed to pass a measure statewide.  Wednesday, he endorsed Tucson's plan.

"We've got to make it clear, no texting while driving, period.  There's no reason for that," said Rep. Farley.

Council members want the City Attorney to bring back a proposed ordinance in thirty days.

Then the public will get a chance to weigh in before a final decision is made.

And although most drivers support the ban, others say it infringes on people's liberties.

There are still a lot of questions, but right now the city is looking at fines from $100 to $250 or more.

Local lawmakers say it's a small price to pay to avoid tragedy.

"Have the courage to move ahead with this," Farley said.  "I know you know it's the right thing to do."

The city has to decide whether this will be a primary or secondary offense.

If it's secondary, police could only cite a person for texting after they've been pulled over for something else.  But if it's primary, someone seen texting can and will be pulled over.