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Last year, the D.C. City Council passed a measure fining folks $100 if they get caught driving a car and talking on their cell phone without a hands-free device. That measure goes into effect 01 July 2004.

From The Washington Post:

Under the law, drivers will be permitted to hold a phone only to make emergency calls, to dial a call, or to power the phone on or off. The city will suspend fines for first-time offenders who submit proof that they have acquired a hands-free device….

If drivers from other jurisdictions fail to pay their tickets, they could lose their driver’s licenses because of reciprocity agreements with Maryland, Virginia, and other states, said Anne Witt, director of the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

(What’s next? Seatbelts?)

Also on 01 July 2004, New Jersey will also implement a statewide law that restricts motorists’ use of cell phones. New York state has required the use of hands-free cell phones since 2001. So if you’re visiting, be sure to purchase a headset.

There’s some concern that there isn’t sufficient research proving that hands-free devices make driving safer. The law, while a start, doesn’t address the chief distraction: a driver’s phone conversation. You know, when you’re calling your bookie, it’s hard to see the road during an apoplectic fit.

Written by Michael

25 Jun 2004 at 951am

Posted in Misc.

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