Detroit bans drivers from using handheld cell phones

| 5/4/2006

If you’re planning to make a call from your truck within the Detroit city limits, you’d better use a hands-free device.

On Wednesday, May 3, the Detroit City Council voted 8-1 to ban motorists in the city from using cell phones while they’re driving, with a fine of $100 attached to it. The ruling must now be approved by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick before it can take effect.

The ban does not apply to passengers or stationary vehicles, and does not prohibit the use of hands-free devices, such as headsets or speakerphones.

Detroit is not the first city to create such an ordinance. New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, all have similar bans in place.