Tuesday’s three hour-long Kingman Council meeting featured a meandering discussion of a proposed ordinance to ban motorists from using hand-held communication devices while driving. While there was a general consensus about the need to promote public safety on local roadways there was a broad variety of opinion how to legislate that concern by ordinance.
Several speakers suggested that it was unfair to simply target cell phone use. They said pets in vehicles and eating, reading or other commonly observed habits represent equally dangerous driving behaviors.
A motion to expand the ordinance from cell phones to restrict other distracted driving behavior failed by virtue of a 3-3 vote of the Council. Contemplation and discussion ended there, as there were no other motions brought to the floor.
The Council approved a staff recommendation altering the current tourism promotion structure, bringing the tourism function in house starting with the new fiscal year next summer.