Allentown council passes driver-cell phone ban
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - March 3, 2010 -- Allentown council members have voted unanimously to ban people from using hand-held cell phones and similar devices to phone, text or browse while driving in the eastern Pennsylvania city.
The measure approved 7-0 would go into effect 10 days after a signature by Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who supports the bill. Offenders could be fined $150 to $300, and a violation would be a primary traffic offense, meaning police could use it as a reason to pull over a motorist.
Skateboards, inline skaters and bicyclists would also be barred from using cell phones while riding.
Exceptions would be made in cases of emergency, and hands-free devices would be exempt.
Philadelphia, Erie and Harrisburg have passed similar bans.
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com
pennsylvania, allentown, cell phones, local/state
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