Missoula Mayor Vetoes Most of Cell Phone Ban

By Beacon Staff

Missoula’s mayor has vetoed most of an ordinance that banned talking on a cell phone or texting while driving or cycling.

“I’ve heard from more citizens on this issue than nearly any other in my experience as mayor,” John Engen said during Monday’s Missoula City Council meeting. “Most of those who contacted me want us to think about this a bit more and give more consideration to the use of handsfree devices.”

The council had approved the ban on a 6-5 vote, and now needs eight votes at its next meeting to override the veto.

Engen kept the provision that bars texting while driving, which pleased Councilman Dave Strohmaier, who proposed the measure.