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Las Cruces Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

The Las Cruces City Council today passed an ordinance which bans talking on a cell phone while driving when the vehicle is in motion.

The ordinance passed by a 7-0 vote.

The ordinance, which also bans texting while driving, goes into effect Feb. 5, 2010.

Fines can be up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail.

The ordinance prohibits:

-Sending or receiving calls.

-Sending or reading a text message.

-Reading, selecting or entering a number or name.

-Sending or receiving e-mails.

Exceptions include:

-Communication with certain offices or departments in an emergency.

-Use by law enforcement and emergency personnel while performing their duties during an emergency.

-Hands-free use.

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