MISSION, Kan. (AP) A Kansas City suburb has been considering a ban on hand-held cellphones while driving.
A proposed ordinance under consideration in the Johnson County suburb of Mission would allow people to talk on hands-free cellphones. But police would be able to pull over drivers who are holding phones within about 8 inches of their heads.
The ordinance is before the Mission City Council’s finance and administration committee and will come up for discussion, possibly in November. The Kansas City Star reports that the only city in Kansas to ban cellphones for drivers is Manhattan.
Mission Mayor Laura McConwell said the council recognizes the safety issues involved. But she says the ordinance may require workshops and public hearings, and other activities aimed at educating the public.