City prohibits holding phone while driving
A city in the region has made it illegal to drive while holding a cell phone.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a new ordinance goes into effect today in Battle Creek, but police don't plan to ticket drivers — just yet — for typing, scrolling or talking on phones without the use of hands-free devices.
City officials said enforcement will start in earnest after signs alerting motorists to the ordinance go up later this month. A first offense carries a fine of $100.
Police Chief Jim Blocker said the ordinance is an opportunity to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving.
Exceptions to the new ordinance include holding a phone while reporting crimes, road hazards and emergencies.
Battle Creek city commissioners approved the ordinance this month.