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Ohio town bans cell phone use while driving

On Tuesday, Bexley City Council passed an ordinance banning talking on phones while driving in the city. Bluetooth headsets are okay to use. (WSYX/WTTE)

BEXLEY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - If you're driving through Bexley in the near future, you may want to think twice about talking on your phone.

It's about to become illegal to talk on your phone while driving.

On Tuesday, Bexley City Council passed an ordinance banning talking on phones while driving in the city. Bluetooth headsets are okay to use. The ordinance goes into effect in 30 days. Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler says they will have a grace period, putting up signs to let people know about the new law.

"Distracted driving is in increasing epidemic in our country and it's something we've definitely seen locally in Bexley and we've had accidents attributed to distracted driving and no doubt it's on the rise," Kessler said.

The decision comes after city leaders banned texting and driving.

Savanna Feldner says she sometimes talks on her phone, while behind the wheel and it's going to be tough for people to stop.

"People use them for everything now. People use for their fit it and stuff and for your credit card on there now so it's going to be difficult," Feldner said. "I understand it in a sense that you don't want people obviously getting into an accident."

Mayor Kessler says he's gotten positive feedback from people who live there.

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