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You can still text while driving in Arlington

At least one town is bucking the no-texting-while-driving trend.

The Arlington City Council on Tuesday decided not to consider a citywide ban on texting while driving.

City councilmember Robert Rivera had requested to set texting while driving as an agenda item for the council’s next session in August, but when Mayor Robert Cluck called for a straw vote the motion was defeated, 4-3.

“What I want is just to provide as premier a level of public safety on Arlington streets as possible,” Rivera said before Tuesday’s vote. “The first step is to have the discussion.”

Text away, Arlington drivers. For now, anyway. I do believe a state law banning the practice is inevitable – maybe not this session, but sooner or later – so enjoy it while you can.

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