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Gary, Ind. Fines Drivers Using Hand Phones




Drivers in Gary, Ind. who insist on using hand-held cell phones soon will pay fines when stopped by police.

Recently, Gary City Council approved an ordinance that bans cell phone use unless a caller is using a hands-free device or is making a 911 emergency call.

Gary council approved a fine of $20 for the first offense and $50 for the second. If an accident involves a driver using a hand-held cell phone, the additional fine is a maximum of $200.

The Gary ban is similar to one enacted in Chicago, Ill. two years ago.

It has become more and more common to see drivers using cell phones while the vehicle is moving down streets and highways.

Recently a woman was observed driving a vehicle in Archbold holding a cigarette in one hand and a cell phone in the other hand. She was using her elbows to steer the vehicle. Possibly her call was related to an emergency, but many cell phone calls are for social reasons.

No ban has been considered locally, but shouldn’t it?


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