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Wausau cell phone ban moves forward

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The City of Wausau is a step closer to banning drivers from using cell phones.

The city's Public Health and Safety Committee voted 5-0 on Monday to recommend the ban to the city council.

The change would make it illegal for drivers to be on the phone or use other mobile devices. Hands-free devices would be permitted.

City officials and Wausau police officers say the law is designed to help prevent distracted driving.

"We have a lot of crashes, a lot of near crashes in our community and around the country, so hopefully this type of thing will make the roads safer," said Capt. Ben Bliven.

Investigators are unsure how many crashes in Wausau are connected to cell phone use, Bliven said.

Critics of the ban say it would be hard to enforce.

"Everybody uses a cell phone, so I don't even see why they'd bother passing it through because the cops won't be able to pull everybody over," said Adam Wilund of Wausau.

The fine would be $40, not including court costs.

The council is expected to vote on the ban next month.

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