South Bend leaders considering ban on handling cell phones while driving


By: Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — City leaders in South Bend are considering whether or not to ban motorists from handling cell phones while driving.

WNDU-TV reports the proposal is eligible for a public hearing and final vote on April 27. The measure would create a city-wide ban except for emergencies. It would allow talking on cell phones as long as you’re not using your hands, such as with a Bluetooth or device connected to the vehicle.

South Bend 2nd District Councilman Henry Davis Jr. says if South Bend wants to be a “first class city we have to start doing things that are first class.”

Indiana does not ban handling cell phones while driving, but there is a ban on texting behind the wheel.