Cell Phone Ban Could Fine Drivers Up to $500

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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland City Council is focusing on the writing of a new law to ban the use of cell phones behind the wheel. Specifically, handheld use.

They want to make it a primary offense, so if a police officer sees you talking on a cell phone – and sees a laptop, tablet or phone in your hand – they can pull you over no questions asked. The plan to make it a primary offense is still in the talking stages, but council is aiming to have motorists pay $100 for a first offense, $250 for the second and $500 for third offenses.

No points would be added to your license on your first offense.

Most Clevelanders Fox 8 spoke to today said they don’t mind the idea, they just believe enforcement will be an issue.

Ohio’s texting ban will take effect in March 2013. As a secondary offense, that means motorists have to be pulled over for something else to be given a fine for cell phone use.  Cleveland City Council would like to have the local cell phone ban in place by then.

California has a similar cell phone ban in place and in the past two years, road fatalities have dropped by 22 percent.