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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany City Commissioners hold off on putting a cell phone ordinance into place. Tuesday, they took a look at a cell phone ordinance that would ban the use of cell phones while driving in Albany. It would also punish offenders who wrecked while using their phones.

The first part of that ordinance was struck, because the city attorney says the state law won't allow the city to ban cell phone use altogether.  City Manager Al Lott said, "There was some Georgia law that preempted Subparagraph A, which I think prohibited cell phones in general. Now, I think sub paragraph B that allows for the fining of persons who while using a cell phone while causing an accident, I think, that is a course of action that we can pursue."

The city commission also wants to take a look at a recent study that likens cell phone use to drunk driving. There is already a distracted driving law on the books in Washington, D.C. that the commission also wants to take a look at and see if they could use that as a template.

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