Handheld phone ban in effect for Bensalem

February 4, 2011 3:17:41 PM PST
Bensalem is the latest township to approve an ordinance to ban drivers from using handheld cell phones behind the wheel.

Bensalem Township is the largest municipality in Bucks County with 230 miles of roads. Starting Friday, if you are pulled over by police along a local road and are texting or using a handheld cell phone, it is going to cost you.

"If you want to text while you are driving, and you want to email , not a good idea to begin with , don't cross the border into Bensalem Township, because you could wind up being cited and paying a hefty fine," said Director of Public Safety Fred Harran.

Allentown, Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey have similar bans, which allow for hands free only operations.

Many who use the local Bensalem roads say they are tired of watching erratic drivers talking or texting away.

"I have seen a lot of people on cell phones not paying attention to the road," said Cheryl Clauss of Levittown.

"It causes a lot of distractions. I have seen a lot of close calls," said Ben Beason of Bensalem.

A conviction in Bensalem won't cost you any points but it can trigger a fine of up to $300. However, if you decide to plead guilty in ten days, it's only a $75 fine.