Waupaca County Puts Down the Cell Phone, Hands at 10 and 2
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Nov 20, 2008 in Car Accidents
Waupaca County becomes the first county in the state to ban the use of cell phones while driving a motor vehicle.
The ordinance prohibits dialing, answering, talking, listening or text messaging in a manner that would not allow the user to keep both hands on the steering wheel.
There is an exemption for calling emergency services or using the phone while the vehicle is parked.
The ordinance carries a fine of $75 not including court costs which could raise the overall tab to $217.50.
Board Supervisor Jack Penney said that the county experienced approximately 12 cell phone-related accidents over the last year.
We have had a number of fatal and injury crashes caused by people young and old on cell phones, said Al Kraeger, chief deputy of the Waupaca County Sheriffs Department.
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