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Thursday, August 23, 2007

How to Enforce Cell Phone Laws?

From These days, it seems like almost everybody old enough to dial has a cell phone, and studies show that three out of four of us are using them in our cars.

Five states and the District of Columbia have banned the use of hand-held phones while driving. But is such a law even enforceable anymore? The answer may be found in New York, which was the first state to clamp down on driving and dialing six years ago.

Even with flashing lights and a siren, traffic enforcement officer Joe Claybaugh finds it hard to get the attention of drivers these days. Claybaugh is an officer in Camillus, N.Y., a suburb of Syracuse. On this particular day, he's looking for cell-phone violators, and he says it won't take long to find one.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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