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Wausau considers banning cell phone use while drivingSubmitted: 10/25/2013
Story By Associated Press

WAUSAU - People driving through Wausau may need to get off the phone.

City leaders WANT to ban cell phone usage while driving.

The city's Public Health and Safety Committee voted this week to have the city attorney's office write a cellphone ban ordinance.

The committee likely will vote on the proposal next month.

The Wausau City Council would need to approve the ordinance.

Other area municipalities could join in if Wausau adopts a ban.

Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel says other municipalities are key to enforcing the ban.

That's because many motorists are unsure of where municipal boundaries lie and on what streets they wouldn't be allowed to use phones while driving.

Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids already have ordinances that ban cellphone use while driving, except for hands-free phones.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

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