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January 6, 2005

Lowndes County - Talking on your cell phone while driving will soon be a thing of the past at Moody Air Force Base. "By not using their cell phones, they're going to be less distracted while they're driving," said Col. Ken Todorov.

As of February 17th, its against the law to use a cell phone while driving on any U.S. military base. The new policy is being enforced by the Department of Defense. "We think its a good policy, it leads to a safer environment, and it protects our most important asset, the people of Team Moody," said Todorov.

The new policy also prohibits drivers from using headphones, earpieces, or any other device that can limit a person's ability to hear. "Anything that goes into the ear could be a distraction and can lead to a safety issue, acceptable is a device in your car where you can speak into a speaker," said Todorov.

Moody airmen say the change is worth their safety, and while many will buy a speakerphone set, others say they'll just take the extra time to pull over if they need to talk on their phone.

Right now, bases are trying to get the word out about the new policy.   "But as of January 15th, we'll be issuing warnings to anyone found driving with their cell phones," said Todorov.

And if you're caught after February 17th, you'll get a ticket.

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