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Wausau cell phone ban passed

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wausau City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance 11-0 banning drivers from using cell phones. The vote took place Tuesday evening at city hall.

"I think people understand the safety and I hope it sends a message to the community that people need to be responsible when their on their cell phones," said Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple.

Last month the city's public health and safety committee also passed the ordinance unanimously.

The rule does not include hands-free or Bluetooth devices. Drivers who violate the ban face a $40 fine.

Tipple said the law is about driver's safety. He said other community leaders have expressed interest in a similar ban to ensure consistency across the Wausau metro area.

"I think Weston is going to follow closely," said Tipple. I think Rothschild has already adopted it and I think for it to work it has to be a metro process and I think they'll come on board."

The law does not immediately take effect. The mayor said it can take a few days to publish.

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