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No Support For Simpsonville Distracted Driving Ordinance

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Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor says there was no support for such a ban among council members. Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor says there was no support for such a ban among council members.
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. -
Simpsonville won't join the growing number of communities in the Upstate that have distracted driving bans.

Mayor Perry Eichor tells 7 On Your Side he asked Simpsonville City Council to consider a distracted driving ordinance with the growing number of drivers using hand-held electronic devices while behind the wheel.

Eichor says there was no support for such a ban among city council members at Tuesday night's meeting. 

The mayor wanted council to consider a ban similar to one that began in the city of Greenville at the start of April. Greenville's distracted driving ban not only prohibits texting behind the wheel, but talking on a phone held in your hand behind the wheel. Hands-free phone calls are allowed.

Greenville Police issued 71 warnings and two citations in the first four days of the new ordinance. Police estimate they gave out hundreds more during the first weekend of the ordinance.

Eichor tells us he will wait for state government to consider a distracted driving ban. One proposal at the statehouse didn't advance in the current session.

Greer and Fountain Inn are considering bans on texting while driving. Clemson, Greenwood and Walhalla already have ordinances in place.

Reporting by Jenna Troum

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