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September 20, 2010: Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee will meet on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 6:30 P.M. to continue discussion relative to proposed Ordinance No. 2010-30 which prohibits driving a vehicle while using a mobile communication device by an individual under the age of eighteen years of age, or by an individual without a valid driver's license.
Patrick A. Ward, Chairman
September 20, 2010: Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee met Monday, September 20, 2010, at 6:30 P.M. in the City Hall Conference room to further discuss proposed Ordinance 2010-30 regarding Cellular Telephone usage by drivers under the age of 18 while operating a motor vehicle in the City which Council tabled at the September 7th meeting.
In attendance were Committee members Councilman Frey, Councilman Schlessel and Councilman Ward. Others in attendance included Councilman Fisher, Councilman Gambatese, Councilman LoPresti, Councilman Marko, Law Director Paul Murphy, Police Chief Rick Porrello and Mayor Cicero.
Mr. Murphy had provided the Committee and Council a volume of information with regard to hand-held cell phone usage, laws banning hand-held usage and texting or texting alone and opinions on the efficacy of those efforts. He had also prepared a draft "Amended 2010-30" which included some of the concerns or issues voiced at the last Legislative Committee meeting; such as, making the law applicable to all drivers and not just younger drivers, for the Committee's consideration.
Chairman Ward presented information published by the Highway Loss Data Institute which states; "Month to month fluctuations in rates of collision claims in jurisdictions with bans did not change from before to after the laws were enacted. Nor did the patterns change in comparison with trends in jurisdictions that did not have such laws." This paper dealt with the topic of cellphone usage bans only, not texting bans for which a different outcome might be experienced. Our review of data from states where bans have been instituted provides no empirical proof that these bans are indeed effective. It was pointed out that many jurisdictions have enacted laws banning cellphone usage for younger drivers and schoolbus drivers only. Councilman Schlessel commented that, should Council enact the law as originally presented, parents could utilize it as a teaching opportunity on the topic of driving and cellphone usage with their children.
Mayor Cicero commented that the State has had "conversations" regarding banning cellphone use while driving in conjunction with its deliberations on the texting ban legislation currently being considered. It was suggested a letter be sent to our State Legislators in this regard to ascertain the direction their legislation is headed and any statistics they are utilizing in their review.
It was moved and seconded that a recommendation be made to Council that Ordinance 2010-30 be maintained on table, that a letter be sent to our State Representative and that, once a response is received, the Committee meet again to analyze that response in determining a final recommendation to Council with regard to the disposition of our Legislation.
The measure passed with Mr. Frey and Mr. Ward voting yes and Mr. Schlessel voting no.
With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:12 PM
Respectfully submitted,
Patrick A. Ward, Chairman

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