As bills to ban texting while driving move through the General Assembly, they are not moving fast enough for some local governments. Mt. Pleasant is one town that is taking the matter into its own hands. A committee in Mt. Pleasant is considering a local ban and council member John Burns does not agree.
“Two weeks ago when this ordinance came up to council it was an ordinance to ban all hands-free cell phone use while in a vehicle in Mt. Pleasant. When I heard that I about fell out of my chair and my thoughts ‘when is more government too much government?’ And, honestly, I use my cell phone for my work everyday while driving my vehicle. I do not use hands free, I do not have it. I do not text, my son would give me a fit if he sees me answering a text,” says Burn.
Burn says if the council approves a ban on texting while driving in Mt. Pleasant, it could just be a waste of time.
“The state is working on a bill right now to ban texting statewide. My thought was to let the state go through that process because anything that they adopt will trump what we do here in Mt. Pleasant,” says Burn.
Burn says hands-free cell phone usage while driving is similar to texting.
“If we went hands-free, you still have got to dial the number. You’ve got to look away from the road to dial. So, is that a better fix? Possibly. But, is it a complete fix? I don’t think so,” says Burn.
Mt. Pleasant Town Council member Thomasena Stokes-Marshall wants to ban all cell-phone usage while driving. Burn says he believes that is too much government.
A public hearing was scheduled for April 13 to vote for the local ban on texting while driving.