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Wausau to consider cellphone ban for drivers

Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids have similar laws

10:16 PM, Sep. 16, 2013
The city of Wausau will soon consider banning cellphone use while driving.
The city of Wausau will soon consider banning cellphone use while driving.
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A Wausau committee next month will consider banning cellphone use while driving within city limits.

Residents have asked for such a law while commenting at City Council meetings, said Lisa Rasmussen, president of the council and chairwoman of its Public Health and Safety Committee.

The city of Marshfield passed an ordinance in July 2010 that banned cellphone use while driving, except hands-free use. In the first year, the city handed out about 350 tickets and 350 warnings, Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen said. Since then, he said, that number has "decreased substantially" because ...

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