NEWS RELEASE

 

October 1, 2010

For Additional Information:

Robert Simison

(208) 489-0530

 

Meridian City Council to consider ordinance

banning texTing while driving

 

Meridian, ID – (October 1, 2010) – During its 7:00 pm meeting on Tuesday, October 5, members of the Meridian City Council will consider a proposed city ordinance that would make it illegal for drivers in Meridian to write, send, or read text-based communications while operating a moving motor vehicle. If approved by the City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting, the ordinance could take effect as soon as November 1, 2010.

 

Under the proposed texting ban ordinance, a driver’s first and second violation would result in an infraction, punishable by a fine of seventy-five dollars. A third or subsequent violation would bring a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a fine of up to three-hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for up to 90 days, or potentially both.

 

Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey says, “The proposed ordinance is a way to address one of the riskiest behaviors our officers are able to observe on a daily basis, texting while driving.  By working to eliminate this behavior through education, enforcement, and prosecution we can improve roadway safety for all vehicle operators, passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other road users.”

 

"AAA Idaho supports the Meridian City Council's look at writing an ordinance to address text messaging. Given the huge public support of actions to tackle this particular driver distraction, we appreciate this city's efforts," said AAA Idaho Director of Public and Government Affairs Dave Carlson.

 

A copy of the proposed texting ordinance is available at www.meridiancity.org. Written or oral public testimony will be accepted. Written testimony can be submitted in advance to the Meridian City Clerk by mail at 33 E. Broadway Avenue, Meridian, ID 83642, email clerk@meridiancity.org, or fax 208-888-4218.

 

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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People For more information about Meridian, visit www.meridiancity.org.