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On Oct. 31, the new cell phone ordinance went into effect, banning the use of cell phones without a hands-free device while driving. What I would like to know is what happened to self-discipline and common sense in our society?

Why is it that the city has to govern its citizens with an ordinance that should actually come down to common sense? While using a cell phone, the distraction is always a factor. But, if trying to hide a cell phone from police, won't it be a bigger distraction to the driver?

Just as underage drinking occurs even though it is illegal, I believe that teenagers will continue to illegally text and use their cell phones while driving without a hands-free device.

As for the distraction factor, what about the other factors that would impair driving such as friends, music or food? I feel like these factors are just as crucial as a cell phone would be to a driver. If the new cell phone ordinance goes into effect, how far will this ordinance go to keep the city safe from such drivers?

I am not bashing the new ordinance. I am just wondering what kind of new ordinances will crop up as a result of this one.

I, as a teenager, will most likely not ever buy a hands-free device, and I know many who will not do this also, just because that is the teen mentality - to be rebellious.

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Courtney LaRoque

Billings

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