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Cell Phone Use While Driving Banned in Marietta

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Ban went into effect July 5
MARIETTA, Ohio -- If your travels take you through the southern Ohio town of Marietta, take note.   Put down the cell phone while driving.
According to reports, Saturday was the start of a ban on cell phone usage while behind the well in Marietta.
This, in an effort by Marietta's mayor Joe Matthews and city council to cut down on distracted driving
The city ordinance takes effect on July 5th, and makes using tablets, cell phones or  texting while driving a primary offense.  This means police could pull you over solely for texting or using a cell phone while driving.
Sources say police will provide a two week warning period, however, on July 19, citations could be issued, and reportedly include the use of GPS devices.
Other Ohio cities, such as Shaker Heights,  Beachwood and South Euclid, all near Cleveland,  already have such provisions in place.
 All drivers younger than under 18 are already banned from using cellphones while behind the wheel in Ohio. And all drivers, regardless of age, are banned from texting.  However texting while driving is a primary offense in nearby West Virginia, but not in Ohio. 
Marietta Council has been debating the issue for some time, and according to reports, other than law enforcement officials, nobody from the public showed up to a  forum on the subject last fall.

Mike McKay

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