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Mayor Vetoes Law Restricting Cell Phones on Roads

6:49 AM, May 8, 2012   |    comments
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VILLA RICA, Ga. -- The mayor of a west Georgia town has vetoed an ordinance that would have required drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on their cell phones.
    
Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins tells CBS Atlanta that he vetoed the measure on Monday because he feels the ordinance needs to be looked at on a larger scale. Collins says it's something the state should address.
    
The mayor also said he had concerns that the ordinance would be seen as a way to generate money for the city, and he doesn't want the town to be seen in a negative light, like "a speed trap or a cell phone trap town."
    
The ordinance would have fined drivers $75 -- or $250 if the violation led to a traffic accident.

Associated Press