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Upstate Drivers Say A Distracted Driving Ban in Greenville Would Keep More Eyes on the Road

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The City of Greenville wants your opinion on a proposed distracted driving ban this week.

A public meeting will be held Monday at 5:30 and the community is asked to weigh in.

Officials said a ban would include all handheld devices like cell phones for anyone but law enforcement, first responders and emergencies.

Officials say you would still be allowed to use hands-free devices like GPS.

7 On Your Side spoke with John and Vicky Humphries. They lost their daughter to a traffic fatality last year.

They said Victoria Humphries was calling them on the way home because she was afraid she would miss curfew.

Authorities said she crossed the center line, hit a guardrail and went into a ditch.

“It's devastating and for any parent that has lost a child they know that it never gets easier you just have to live with it,” said Humphries.

Some Greenville drivers tell us they think using a hand-held device while driving isn’t safe.

“There have been incidents where I've almost had an accident so I recommend not doing anything,” said Rick Norris.

“ I cant concentrate when im driving and texting I always turn my phone off,” said Sierra Keys.

Other drivers tell us taking away that right violates their freedom.

7 On Your Side talked with one woman and her daughter who said their father uses his cell phone while driving because he uses it for work.

They tell us a ban may help him kick, what they call, a bad habit.

“Normally he's texting and calling and she talked with him and said I want dad forever, not for just one second,” said Lorena Cuesta.

7 On Your Side asked drivers if they thought others would obey a ban.

“ I think they'd try to break the law,” said Norris

“They might try to be slick with it like at a red light,” said Keys.

John and his wife said talk of a ban at the very least, keeps this a hot topic. They said any life that is saved because a driver makes a smart decision, helps ease the pain of their daughter’s death.

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