The Town of Jackson has now passed on second reading its proposed ordinance to ban the use of cell phones and the use of wireless communication devices that display or send messages while driving. The measure now moves on to it its third and final reading December 16th. The issue was first discussed last July after a study by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that in 2010 more than 3000 people in the US died as a result of crashes caused by distracted driving. Officials explain that the prohibition would include, but not be limited to, talking, texting, taking photographs, or any other use of the device which causes a driver’s attention to be diverted. Jackson Police Chief Todd Smith points out, however that two-way radios such as business band or HAM radios are not included in this ban, and phone calls may still be fielded utilizing hands-free Bluetooth or similar technology. Public comment on the proposed ordinance is still being accepted.