Detroit council bans texting while driving in the city

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Detroit City Council has approved a new ordinance banning text messaging and other distracting behavior while driving in the city.

The Detroit News reports the ordinance passed Tuesday takes effect immediately.

Like the hand-held cell phone ordinance enacted in 2006, the distracted driving ban is considered a secondary offense.

The Detroit Free Press reports police will be able to issue a $100 ticket for distracting behavior to those who have been stopped for another infraction, such as speeding.

The ordinance also bans eating or applying makeup while driving.

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