Michigan city commissioners ban drivers from holding cell phones in moving vehicles

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 10:23:59-05

(WXYZ) — The rules are changing in one Michigan city when it comes to having your phone in the car.

Battle Creek City Commissioners passed a new ordinance Tuesday banning drivers from handling a cell phone while a vehicle is in motion. This will allow local police officers to stop any drivers they see with a phone in their hands.

Under the new rule, drivers can still use a GPS and talk into a mounted phone, as long as they are not physically using it behind the wheel.

Violators will be hit with a $100 fine for the first offense and a $200 fine after that.

The new ordinance goes into effect on the Feb. 15.