Nutter signs Phila. cell phone ban

April 30, 2009 2:57:50 PM PDT
Philadelphia's ban on the use of handheld cell phones while driving is now law. Mayor Michael Nutter signed the measure Thursday.

Enforcement will start in November, but it will be primarily on city streets.

State police now have primary responsibility for patrolling the interstates in the city of Philadelphia and spokeswoman Cpl. Linette Quinn says state police don't enforce local ordinances. That will include the new cell phone law. Quinn says there's nothing to stop city police from citing drivers on the interstates, but state police won't be pulling over motorists for that offense.

Philadelphia's law makes the use of hand-held cell phones while driving a primary offense.

Until November, the city is to educate drivers about the restrictions.

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