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New cell phone law starts Thursday

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It is a big week for police and drivers as the new cell phone law goes into effect this Thursday.

Officers say get used to a hands free device so you don't wind up with a $124 ticket.

 Most people know by now, starting June 10th, it is a primary offense to talk on phones while driving, and police say don't even think about texting your friends when cruising or you will be slapped with a ticket.  

 Other provisions include a tough ban for teenagers. Those with instruction permits and intermediate licenses under age 18 will be prohibited from any cell phone use at all unless it's an emergency situation.    

 There are exemptions to the law for people operating emergency vehicles such as police, firefighters, or paramedics. On top of that, people with hearing aids can continue to use hand-held phones.

 The final exemption is for any person reporting a crime or calling in an emergency. 

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