Fines Begin for Driving with a Handheld Cell Phone in Philadelphia
by KYW's Mike Dunn
Following a one-month grace period, Philadelphia police on Tuesday began actually enforcing the city's new ban on handheld cell phones while driving -- or bicycling, or even skateboarding.
For the past month, police have been handing out warnings to motorists spotted chatting on cell phones while driving, but the 30-day grace period is over.
Starting on Tuesday, those drivers were being handed $75 citations.
Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, says the November warnings made one thing clear: