The Mitchell City Council will decide whether or not to repeal the city’s ban on texting while driving. The item is on Monday’s city council meeting agenda. The city would repeal its ban because the state legislature passed a statewide ban on texting while driving this legislative session. The state law will take effect on July 1st. The city ordinance makes texting while driving a primary offense. The state law reduces it to a secondary offense, meaning a driver cannot be pulled over only for texting while driving. The state law does not require communities to repeal their own texting while driving bans, even if they are more severe. But City of Mitchell officials are concerned that if the stronger city ordinance remains in effect, it could be challenged in court. Monday’s city council meeting is scheduled for 7:30. It will be preceded by several committee meetings, which begin at 6:20. All of the meetings will be held at City Hall in Mitchell.
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