Through May 25, the police will issue warnings to drivers in violation. After May 25, tickets will be issued

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SHAKER HEIGHTS -- City Council voted on Monday to ban use of hand-held cell phones to talk or text while driving.

The ordinance goes into effect Wednesday.

Through May 25, the police will issue warnings to drivers in violation. After May 25, tickets will be issued.

Why did the city enact this law? The city responded:

There are two dangers associated with driving and cellphone use, including text messaging and using the Internet, jeopardizing the safety of vehicle occupants and pedestrians.

First, drivers must take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to manipulate the devices when dialing, texting and surfing the Web. Second, people can become so absorbed in their conversations and other uses that their ability to concentrate on the act of driving is severely impaired. This includes time spent at a traffic signal, when a driver's conversation may distract him or her from noticing the light changing or oncoming traffic.

The latest research shows that using a cellphone when driving is just one of many types of distracted driving that may lead to crashes and near crashes. However, the distractions associated with cellphone use while driving are far greater than other distractions. Conversations using a handheld cellphone take one hand off of the steering wheel for an extended period of time, and they demand greater continuous concentration, which diverts the driver's eyes from the road and his or her mind from driving.

In 2011, the five members of the National Transportation Safety Board unanimously recommended that all states should ban all driver use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies.

If you have more questions, visit the city's website where FAQs are posted.

Mobile users: http://www.shakeronline.com/faq/category/72-police

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