Another South Carolina city is considering steps to deter people from texting while driving. On Tuesday, Sumter’s City Council passed first reading of an ordinance that would ban the practice while behind the wheel.
Mayor Pro Tem William Painter said the council did not believe they could wait on the state to make a decision.
The city sort of felt like that we need to move forward with it and maybe the state later on will come in and pick up and do something.
Painter says they don’t want enforcement to be difficult.
That was another issue was what kind of a burden. Were we going to place another issue on our police and law enforcement agencies? We wanted to make it as minimal as possible. But if you see someone texting, then, yes, you pull them over and it is a hundred-dollar fine.
Painter says there will be a public hearing on the texting and driving ordinance at council’s next meeting scheduled in two weeks.
We’ll have a second reading and, at that reading, we will have a public hearing so the public will have an opportunity at that time to give us some input.