On Monday February 5, 2007, the Albuquerque City Council passed a ban on talking and/or texting using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle when in the city limits. On Wednesday night, February 7, 2007 City of Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez signed the ban into law. This ban takes effect immediately. One provision of the law is that cell phones can be used so long as they are used with a hands free device.
This will be a huge change from what we are used to, one that I am sure will take time to get used to. For the first 30 days, if you are caught using a cell phone with out a hands free device, officers will be giving verbal warnings. For 30 days after that, officers will be giving out written warnings. After the 60 days is over, if you are caught using a cell phone with out a hands free device the first ticket is 100 dollars, and each ticket after that is 200 dollars per ticket.
It is still legal to use your cell phone with or with out a hands free device while operating a motor vehicle to call emergency services like 911.
So its been done. I think we are one of only a few large cities that have a cell phone ban.
My only problem is that it takes effect immediately. As soon as they can get it posted on the city website (I am gussing 8am Thrusday, lol) it is in effect. Um, this is not some small thing that can be put into action right away. The city needs to be educated, and I mean more then the news. I would say 75% of my company does not read or watch the news. Also, teenages, who this law will really effect do not really watch / read the news all that offen. I think this is something that needs PSA. Hey, maybe this is what we can spend that 5.1 million we have made from the red light cameras for. LOL