The Mitchell City Council voted 4-2 on first reading to repeal the city’s ordinance on texting while driving. Councilman Phil Carlson asked Mayor Ken Tracy to put the item on the agenda. The state law is weaker than the city ordinance, as texting while driving is reduced to a secondary offense. That means a motorist can not be pulled over solely for texting while driving. Critics of the state law say that makes it nearly unenforceable. Carlson says it is about creating a culture. He also says there could be expensive legal ramifications if Mitchell keeps its ordinance in effect. The council will hold a final vote on the ordinance at its April 21st meeting.
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