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Chatty Drivers Must Go Hands-Free in Santa Fe

January 01, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Drivers in Santa Fe, N.M., planning to wish friends a Happy New Year better not reach for a hand-held cell phone.

The state capital today joins a small but growing number of localities that say hand-held cell phones are unsafe because they distract drivers.

Hands-free cell phones will still be lawful within the city limits, but the ordinance taking effect today adds talking on hand-held cell phones to a list of other outlawed driving activities, such as shaving and applying makeup.

A violation can result in a traffic citation and fine of up to $30, Santa Fe police said.

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