The proposal includes a ban of all drivers from using hand-held cell phones to talk or text while driving.

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SHAKER HEIGHTS -- The City of Shaker Heights is hoping to pass a ban on cell phone use while driving.

The proposal includes a ban on all drivers using hand-held cell phones to talk or text while driving. The second of three readings will take place on January 27th at the regular council meeting. Residents who wish to learn more about the proposal are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Research shows that drivers talking on cell phones are four times more likely to have a car accident. A recent poll of public attitudes shows that 94 percent of drivers support a ban on sending texts while driving and 74 percent supports a ban on hand-held cell phone use.

If passed, the ordinance would go into effect 30 days after passage and a warning period of 60 days would be given to motorist with time to learn about the new law. A violation would be a primary offense and a first-degree misdemeanor with a possible penalty of a $1,000 fine, six months in jail, and two points on a persons driving record.

Many local city already have similar bans including Beachwood and South Euclid.

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