Wisconsin Rapids bans cell phones while driving
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. — People driving in Wisconsin Rapids will soon no longer be able to use cell phones.
The city council approved the ban Tuesday and the ordinance goes into effect Oct. 1.
Hands-free devices will be allowed, and the ordinance will not apply to police officers, firefighters, ambulance drivers and members of the military driving military vehicles while conducting official business.
The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune reports a first-time violation would result in a $100 fine but if the driver buys a hands-free device the fine will be dropped. Second violations would cost $150, while people who violated the ordinance three or more times would incur a $200 fine.
Marshfield enacted a similar ban about two years ago and police there say more and more drivers are not using their phones.