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Canfield’s driver-texting ban begins Friday

Published: Tue, September 28, 2010 @ 1:54 p.m.


City police hope a new ban on texting will help force drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

The texting ordinance, passed by city council in September, goes into effect Friday, said police Chief Chuck Colucci. He said he pushed for the ban because of the nationwide increase in texting-related traffic accidents.

“We took the proactive stance because of the increase,” he said. “We truly care about traffic safety in our community, and our commitment to our residents is to provide the safest streets possible.”

The ordinance says that no one is permitted to send or read moblie text messages or e-mails while driving a car within city limits.

Colucci said though officers have the authority to stop drivers on that violation alone, they won’t be targeting motorists.

“It’s a primary violation in the city, so if we do observe somebody texting they can be stopped,” he said. “We’re not just going to be out looking for people though. We’ll look for other things like left of center and following too closely.”

A first offense is a $100 fine, second is $250 and anything after that is up to $500 per violation, according to the ordinance.

Read more in Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1MLC75(630 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Good Job Canfield PD,texting while driving should be against the law.There are far too many accidents,caused by teenagers texting while driving,which have resulted in death.

Why should the Canfield PD help clean up the garbage in Youngstown,they are real cops.

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2walter_sobchak(2246 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, it is nice! To say that Canfield police are not real cops is absurd! They are well-trained and do a great job in keeping my city safe. They have high visibility and zero-tolerance! Speed on our streets and you will find out. We pay a 1% income tax in Canfield and are well protected. Just because they don't respond to murders, robberies, and gang violence doesn't mean they don't put their lives on the line, you moron.

Here's a good question, why not ask a good resident in the city of Youngstown if they would rather live in Y-town or Canfield?

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Should'nt take a law for the idiots not to text and drive. Called common sense, but if thats what it takes to make some of the fools to stop, then its all good. There is NOTHING that important that you have to drive and text at the same time. You'll get very far in life when you use "Common Sense".

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