Councilman looks to ban ALL cellphone use while driving

By: Craig Lucie


SMYRNA, Ga. - A Smyrna city councilman is proposing a new ordinance that would completely ban people from using their cellphones or any electronic devices while they are driving.

The councilman and many residents told Channel 2’s Craig Lucie that this law should have been in place a long time ago to cut down on distracted driving.

“It is a problem but I don’t know what can be done to prevent it from happening,” Katilla Gresham said.

Gresham was hit by a distracted driver and has to get injections in her spine and neck to deal with the pain.

“I have driven by so many people that are driving crazy, swerving, of course they are on their phones,” she said.


Smyrna City Councilman Derek Norton is introducing an ordinance that would require all drivers to truly be hands free while in Smyrna city limits. 

That means no texting. No dialing. No apps. No navigation. 

It's different from the state law because you can’t even dial the phone without using your Bluetooth. 

“It is astronomical folks causing accidents, putting citizens at risk,” Norton said.

Norton is hoping the ordinance will easily pass at Smyrna City Hall and will be implemented by the first of the year

“I’ve got support of the mayor and majority of City Council so we will pass it November 20th,” Norton said.

As for the penalties, they are still working out the details.

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