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June 11, 2010

Mobile phone law now in effect

June 11, 2010

NEW — 10:20 a.m. June 11, 2010

From interstates to county roads to Newcastle streets, law enforcement officers have started enforcing a state ban on a distracted-driving law meant to prod motorists to hang up — or at least go hands-free — and drive. The law went into effect yesterday.

Drivers now face a $124 fine if officers catch them texting, or with a mobile phone pressed against their ears. The state will require hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth earpieces, for callers talking and driving. Moreover, drivers younger than 18 cannot use wireless devices at all, except in emergencies.

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