2009-05-07 / Local & State

Ban To Be Signed On Driving With Hand-Held Phones

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia's ban on the use of handheld cell phones while driving is about to become law.

Mayor Michael Nutter is scheduled to sign the measure on 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.

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