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Amarillo considers cell phone ban

AMARILLO - Amarillo residents will have two chances to voice their opinion on a possible ban on cell phone use while driving.

Mayor Paul Harpole said AT&T's  "It Can Wait" commercials have recently persuaded him to support a complete ban within city limits, while other city officials are uneasy about the possible ban.

Harpole and other commissioners said hands-free phone alternatives, including wireless headsets, are appropriate, relatively inexpensive options.

"I don't believe my convenience should trump others' safety," Harpole said.

Commissioner Jim Simms said he is uneasy with completely banning handheld cellphone use behind the wheel, especially for business owners who must travel. But he agreed to support the commission's majority, he said.

Commissioners will also discuss how to draft a ban ordinance that Amarillo Police could easily enforce.

Public comment periods have been scheduled during the August 28th and September 4th Commission meetings.

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