Philly cell phone ban debate postponed

February 25, 2009 8:02:01 AM PST
Talking on the phone while behind the wheel could become illegal in Philadelphia. A City Council committee postponed their Wednesday hearing on a proposal to ban the use of handheld cell phones as well as texting by drivers within city limits. But that's not taking the ban off the table.

A report in January by the National Safety Council cited a study that found that using a cell phone while driving contributes to 6 percent of all crashes.

Legislation banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving already exists in a number of states including New Jersey and New York, and in several Pennsylvania municipalities.

Councilmen Bill Green and Bill Greenlee introduced the proposed cell phone ban in September. Council's Streets and Services committee will debate the idea at a later date.

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