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Cell phone ban goes into effect in Missoula

By NBC Montana Staff
Published On: Dec 05 2012 08:17:56 AM MST
Updated On: Dec 05 2012 08:18:22 AM MST
Missoula city council bans cell phone use while driving
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The City of Missoula’s new ordinance prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones while driving any vehicle or motorcycle or riding a bicycle goes into effect Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The new city ordinance makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone or any other electronic communication device. Police will issue verbal warnings for the first 60 days. It's also illegal to talk on a cell phone while riding a bicycle.

The minimum fine for a first offense will range anywhere from $100 to $300. Repeat offenders will face fines up to $500.