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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 6:00am

Mayor Vetoes Hands-Free Cell Phone Law

Updated: 5 years ago.
An ordinance in the west Georgia city of Villa Rica would have fined drivers $75 if they did not use a hands-free device for their cell phone. The fine would jump to $250 if the violation led to a traffic accident. (Photo Courtesy of Anthony Dodd via Fotopedia.)

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 said he vetoed the measure Monday because he feels the ordinance needs to be looked at on a larger scale. Collins said 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.