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Green Bay city committee votes against cell phone ban while driving

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay alderman wants to ban the use of cell phones while driving on city roads.

Jerry Wiezbiskie says he's had several close calls in his vehicle involving someone talking on their cell phone while driving, including on his way to City Hall Monday night.

“Actually came to a rolling stop as I went by them and almost hit me broadside,” Wiezbiskie told FOX 11. “I saw them on the cell phone and thought there is an example right now.”

Wiezbiskie had an ordinance drafted by city staff which would ban handheld use of electronic devices while driving. If someone is caught, they would be fined $50.

“It’s almost like a person who is intoxicated driving vehicle,” Wiezbiskie told FOX 11.

However, the four council members on Green Bay's Protection and Welfare committee feel it's an issue that should be taken up at the state level.

“I think it’s similar to the smoking ban where you ok this city by city, village by village, town, you’ll have people driving not knowing if cell phone use is banned while driving,” Alderman Chris Wery told FOX 11.

Earlier this year, the city of Wausau approved a similar ordinance. They put up signs coming into the city making drivers aware of the ban.

The committee voted for a recommendation to deny the cell phone ban. The full Green Bay City Council is expected to take up the issue in three weeks.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

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