South Bend Cellphone Use Vote

Using cell phones while driving in the city of South Bend could be illegal under a proposal council members are set to consider during their meeting tonight.

The ban would not apply in emergency situations. Fleet management systems, dispatching devices, CB radios and music players would not be banned. Hands-free devices likes Bluetooth headsets and portable car phone holders would be allowed. 

Offenders would receive a $75 fine for the first offense, a $125 for a second offense and $250 for every offense after that. Drivers who get into a crash in a school crossing zone would also be fined $250.