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Warning phase over for Missoula cellphone ban

MISSOULA (AP) — Missoula's ban on the use of cellphones while driving transitions on Tuesday from an educational phase involving warnings to one with citations carrying fines up to $300.

The Missoulian reports ( that a second citation can lead to a fine of up to $500.

The ban allows for the hands-free use of cellphones, such as putting a caller on speakerphone or using ear buds with a microphone.

Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir says officers issued 28 warnings in December.

He says as daylight increases and officers can see inside cars more easily, he expects more tick...


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