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Greenville Police Issue 71 Warnings To Distracted Drivers

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A Greenville City ordinance was voted on by officials and reads that on April 1st you can't text or talk behind the wheel. A Greenville City ordinance was voted on by officials and reads that on April 1st you can't text or talk behind the wheel.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

Monday April 7, 2013 Update

Greenville Police reported Monday officers issued 71 driving warnings and two citations in the opening days of the city's new distracted driving ordinance.

The warnings and citations were handed out by GPD officers between April 1 and April 4.

Update by Fred Cunningham

The distracted driving ban started Tuesday in Greenville and police wasted no time issuing warnings. Greenville Police issued 16 warning for drivers using hand held devices behind the wheel.

Inside city limits you can not use a hand held device behind the wheel.

A Greenville City ordinance was voted on by officials and reads that on April 1st you can't text or talk behind the wheel. You can read more about that ban here. That goes for using your GPS too if it's not voice activated.

Leaders have put up signs at the city limits to remind drivers once you cross the fine line between the city and the county.

You may be ticketed or fined for not following the rules but many drivers aren't worried.

"I hate when people text and drive and they're swerving everywhere and they're just on their phone," said driver Chelsie Hamm

Other drivers don’t agree that drivers cannot use their phones at stop lights while the car is idling.

“I think you should be able to do things like GPS and music change,” said driver Brandon Keris.

Drivers tell us they've found a way to still talk and turn the wheel.

We spoke with wireless providers in Greenville and Verizon Wireless downtown said hands-free devices have been flying off the shelves.

Blue tooth and ear pieces Candie Andraee said are in high demand.

“All the blue tooth devices we had for months that just sat on the shelves were gone within weeks!,” she said.

Police, firefighters and ambulance drivers are exempt from the hands-free ordinance, as long as they're using the device for their official duties.

A texting and driving ban passed its first reading in Fountain Inn earlier this month.

Clemson was the first upstate city to ban it, although drivers are allowed to use their devices at red lights.

A statewide texting and driving ban was blocked in the statehouse earlier this month.


Click here to learn more about the ban and get your questions answered. 

Greenville City Police will enforce the ban, visit their website here

You can visit the city's website here

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