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Drivers still holding cell phones

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PASCO, Wash.—The ban on holding a cell phone to your ear while driving has been in effect for almost a year, but have you put down the phone?  Police say many drivers haven't.


Pasco Police say they see more drivers hiding their cell phone once police are in view, and ever since the law became a primary stop, they've been handing out more tickets.  Police also say car accidents caused by cell phone use haven't slowed down either.


"I've actually handled quite a few accidents this year where the drivers that were at fault actually admitted to either texting or being on their cell phone prior to being involved in the collision, and they were on it when the collision occurred," Officer Ryan Flanagan, Pasco Police Department.


Flanagan says many of the people he's pulled over for using their cell phone say answering has just become a habit they're trying to break.


If you are caught driving and holding a cell phone to your ear, you could face a $124 fine.