Stone pushes for anti-texting and driving ordinance

Stone, who first broached the subject at last week's business meeting, said that despite efforts currently underway at the state level to prohibit texting-while-driving, local government has a responsibility to protect those within its authority.

"I understand that the state may pass a law, but until they do, we need to protect the citizens of Dougherty County," Stone told his fellow commissioners.

Stone asked County Attorney Spencer Lee to initiate contact with City Attorney Nathan Davis about drafting an joint, city-county ordinance.

The general assembly is set to discuss the issue. At least one piece of legislation has been authored that would fine texting drivers $100 and take a two-point deduction off their drivers' license.