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Philadelphia Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

A ban on using hand-held cell phone devices while driving in the city of Philadelphia is now in effect.

On Sunday November 1st, Philadelphia police began the crackdown by informing drivers about the law which prohibits talking, dialing or sending text messages while operating a vehicle or while using a skateboard, scooter, inline skates or bicycle on any Street within the City.

Police will only issue warnings for the first month. On December 1st, police will begin to issue code violations that will carry a $150 fine, or $75, if paid within 10-days.

Drivers are permitted to use hands-free cellular devices, like bluetooth technology. An exception to the ordinance is the use of a mobile telephone for voice communication to call "911" in an emergency or to report a traffic accident or unsafe driving by another motorist.