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Drivers share mixed feelings over proposed cell ban

WAUSAU (WAOW) --  "There's a lot of dangers out there."

Marshfield police say using a cell phone behind the wheel is dangerous.  That's why the city has banned drivers from doing it. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a nationwide ban. 

"It would be a lot easier to enforce if it was nationwide and not just local," Lt. Rick Gramza from the Marshfield Police Department said.

Officials in Marathon County agree. Even though that county does not currently have a cell phone ban.

"Anything that focuses drivers on their primary goal of safely operating a motor vehicle is a good thing," Lt. Randy Albert from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department said.

The proposed ban includes hands-free devices, such as bluetooth or speaker phone.  But, it would not apply in emergencies. 

"I don't want my kids to be in danger when I'm driving," said Stacey Dejarlais, a Marshfield resident who says the proposed ban is a good idea.

"You can't see everything around you, trying to do too many things at once and a lot of people don't know how to multi-task," she said.

But not everyone is on-board. Brandon Herr says he doesn't think the ban will help.

"People are going to talk when they drive, that's how people operate, that's their daily life," Herr told Newsline 9.

And others echo that. Jeremy posed on our Facebook page, "Where is this going to stop, no FM radio, no talking to the person next to you..."

Even though opinions are strong, it is just a proposed ban.  It's up to each state to decide.

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