Battle Creek may ban phones while driving

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Battle Creek could soon ban the use of cellphones while driving.  

A proposed ordinance would prohibit anything except hands-free use of a cellphone.

Using a cellphone while driving would be a primary offense, meaning you could get pulled over for it. There would be certain exceptions that allow for emergencies and to report crimes.

“The primary goal is an awareness,” Battle Creek City Attorney Jill Steele said Monday. “Let’s get people aware of the dangers of talking on the phone with anything other than hands-free, so let’s make the roads safer in the city.”  

Battle Creek wouldn’t be the first to ban cellphones while driving. Troy and Detroit have similar rules already on the books, and a state law already prohibits texting while driving.

If Battle Creek city commissioners approve the ban Tuesday night, it will take effect on Feb. 15, 10 days after approval.

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