It’s been four years since Cleveland City Council first heard about a proposal to ban drivers from talking on hand-held cell phones in city limits.

The city has already passed a ban on texting and driving, which Ohio later banned statewide. Cleveland City Councilman Zach Reed is sponsoring the bill.

“You know what this piece of legislation is about,” said Reed. “This is about making the streets of the city of Cleveland safer…period. There is no reason for it not to go the floor of council tonight…I have the votes to pass it.”

The measure has been vetted and approved by the Law Department. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration supports it.

The Legislative Committee and Safety Committee have signed off on it. Safety approved it twice.

It awaits action by the Finance Committee and the full council.

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