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Preview: Council set to discuss safety ordinances

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Tuesday promises to be a busy day for the Memphis City Council, with council members planning to discuss nine different ordinances written to keep the city safe.

The Memphis Police Department, along with the City Attorney's office, have proposed the ordinances to Memphis's charter.  Many of them focus on safety measures.

Items up for discussion include:

  • open container law
  • penalty for non-emergency 911 calls
  • penalties for transporting minors in the bed of a pick-up truck
  • a law prohibiting school bus drivers from talking on cell phones while at the wheel
  • a law requiring drivers to give three feet of clearance when passing bicycles

City Council member Bill Boyd says many of these laws already exist, but need to be clarified in order to help police officers enforce them.

"(There are) some questionable things about the language, where they could be contested in the courts," he said.

Though the ordinances will be discussed Tuesday, it will take three readings by the full council before the changes can be made into law.

Click here for a list of all nine safety proposals, as well as other items on the council's Tuesday agenda.

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