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Dubuque cell phone ban keeps police busy

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- According to Dubuque Police, they handed out as many written warnings for the new cell phone ban over the weekend as they do tickets for other violations over a typical weekend.

Lt. Scott Baxter says the department handed out 32 written warnings for the cell phone from Friday, when it went into effect, through Sunday night.

Baxter says that's about equal to the number of tickets they hand out for other traffic violations over an average weekend.

Baxter also says they only handed out four written warnings for other violations last weekend.

Dubuque Police handed out 14 of the 32 written warnings on Friday and Baxter says the majority of those were to people from out of state.

Police will continue to hand out written warnings for the rest of the 30-day grace period, but once that grace period is over, it will cost you.

The fine will be $50 if you are caught using your cell phone while driving, but if the cell phone use results in an accident, the fine jumps to $250.

The ban does allow the use of hands-free devices which have been a hot item in Dubuque since the ban was announced.

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