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Distracted driver ordinance rejected in Villa Rica

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VILLA RICA, Ga. -

The Villa Rica City Council voted down a wide-reaching distracted driving ordinance on Tuesday. The bill would have not only banned cell phones while driving, but also barred eating, writing and much more.

Villa Rica Mayor Jay Collins said he opposed the ordinance because no other municipality in the state has a similar law.

"When we go further than the state law, I just don't know that we need to do that, as a small suburban city," Collins said.

City Councilman Woody Holland said he voted in support of the bill because it would have made the streets safer.

But most of the council agreed with the mayor and voted against the distracted driving ordinance here.

The state of Georgia already has a distracted driver law. Villa Rica's ordinance would have gone much further, but police do have the power to right to issue a ticket if they see someone eating or talking on the phone and decide they are distracted.

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