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Y’ville cell ban goes into effect

August 20, 2010
Youngsville’s ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving is official. The signs are up. On Thursday, Department of Public Works employees put up five signs reading: Use of hand held cell devices while operating a moving vehicle prohibited in Youngsville Borough. They are located at the entrances to the borough — on Railroad Street, East Main Street, North Main Street, and on Route 6 and the eastern and western limits — according to Borough Manager Terry Williams. The ordinance makes using a hand-held cellular device while driving a primary offense, meaning police may pull motorists over for that offense. In the City of Erie, an ordinance makes hand-held cell phone use a secondary offense — police may not make a traffic stop based on phone use, but may add the charge if the driver is pulled over for something else. The signs are not the only way borough officials are getting the word out. Chief Todd Mineweaser will visit Youngsville High School to make sure the students are aware of the new rule. According to Officer Charlie Andersen, police will initially give warnings for violations of the ordinance. That will change soon. At the time of the passage of the ordinance, July 12, Mineweaser said warnings would be given for two months. The penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine of $150 to $300. The ordinance applies to operators of motor vehicles as well as riders of skateboards, scooters, in-line skates and bicycles. “It’s a preventative ordinance,” Mineweaser said previously. “We don’t want people having crashes. We don’t want people getting hurt.”


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