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Detroit council passes cell phone ban

DETROIT, May 4 (UPI) -- The Detroit City Council has approved an ordinance that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving anywhere in the city limits.

Violators would face $100 fines.

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But enforcement could be a problem, the Detroit News reports.

"Right now, with the department's shortage of manpower, I don't think it will be a priority on police officers' enforcement list," Marty Bandemer, head of the Detroit Police Officers Association, told the newspaper.

Detroit Police Second Deputy Chief James Tate said the ordinance would be enforced if Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick signs it.

The ordinance would allow hands-free cell phones and would exempt drivers making emergency calls.

The City Council passed the ordinance 8-1. If it becomes law, Detroit would be the first Michigan municipality to ban talking on cell phones while driving.

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