Columbus mulls local ban on texting while driving

COLUMBUS — The north Mississippi city of Columbus is considering a local ban on texting while driving.

Mayor Robert Smith and council members have asked the city attorney to research the issue and present some possible options for an ordinance.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that officials plan to call a public hearing to gather residents’ ideas before voting on a ban.

Columbus councilman Joseph Mickens says banning texting while driving is “a no-brainer.” He says he’d also like to prohibit people from driving while talking on cell phones.

A state law enacted in 2009 bans young people from texting while driving.

The Associated Press