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HHI Town Council to Hear Ban on Texting and Driving

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

Many of us have done it: texting while driving, but soon it may be against the law on Hilton Head Island.

Jason Mozer is a driver on Hilton Head Island who admits to texting while behind the wheel.

"I occasionally will text but with SIRI because I have an Iphone, which is helpful, cause I'm not really looking down while driving, but yes I do communicate while driving."

That communication could soon be illegal, thanks to a recommendation by the town's public safety committee, which voted Monday, to take the issue to the entire council.

After staff discussed the pros and cons-- members of the public, including fellow councilwoman Kim Lykins backed it.

"I do have a teenager and we have a rule that he can't use his phone while he's in the he car driving, and I hope very much that he follows that rule just because it's a rule in our family, but I do think that if there were actually an ordinance or a law against it, I think it would make it more emphatic that he pay attention, or make sure it was something that he didn't do."

Several questions were asked including how to educate the community on a ban, what would be included in the law and how it would be enforced......questions drivers themselves are asking.

"My question would be is SIRIi going to be banned or is it simply texting, and the other thing is how would they enforce it? How would they say oh yeah they were definitely texting?" said Mozer.

Council members themselves don't yet have answers to those questions but say all those points will be considered. and, Lykins says, that something needs to be done to deter texting behind the wheel.

"If there is any possibility that having something like that could actually reduce the number of individuals at large, particularly young drivers, because they are the newest drivers, than I think we should create an ordinance to support that."

The plan moves next to the full town council where it's expected to be discussed tomorrow afternoon.

South Carolina is one out of only five states without a statewide texting ban, and only three cities have enacted laws against it, Beaufort, Clemson, and Columbia.

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