Busy Wednesday nightincludes start of enacting a texting ban in city limits.
The Washington City Council meet Wednesday evening & heard on first reading an ordinance that would ban texting while driving within the city limits.
The ordinance stated that those individuals under 18-years-old would be prohibited from texting as well as talking on a cell phone while driving. The ordinance would establish the violation as a primary traffic offense which means that the police can pull someone over without any other reason. This would mirror a statewide law that has the same stipulations that was enacted back in August.
The ordinance would also require that drivers education courses taught in the city to include instruction on the dangers of texting while driving. The ordinance needs a total of three readings before it becomes law.
Council also passed on third reading for the issuance of notes not to exceed $480,000 in anticipation of the issuance of bonds associated with the purpose of paying for costs associated with improvement of the city Municipal Wastewater Collection & Treatment system that may include any necessary land acquisition & design, construction & other engineering costs.
The ordinance also allows the city to acquire land & interests located at 420 West Oakland Avenue as well as retire any precious notes that had been issued.