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More Than 100 Ticketed for Cellphone Use

A new law took effect in October



    More Than 100 Ticketed for Cellphone Use
    In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a motorist talks on a cell phone while driving on an expressway in Chicago. A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also states that simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

    More than 100 tickets have been issued in the first month of Vermont's new law on cellphone use while driving.

    Motor Vehicle Department Commissioner Robert Ide says 130 drivers were pulled over for using an electronic device while driving in October. He says about 70 percent of them received warnings and the remainder were ticketed.

    It's now illegal in Vermont for drivers to use cellphones or other electronic devices while driving unless those devices can be used hands-free.

    Vermont is the 15th state to prohibit all drivers from using handheld cellphones while driving.

    The fine, including fees, for a first offense is $162.

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