Fort Jackson cracks down on cell phones, drivers
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:12:54 GMT —
FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- The Army's largest training installation in South Carolina is increasing penalties for cellphone use while driving.
Fort Jackson provost marshal Maj. Brad Fisher says the problem is made worse because there is no state law banning cellphone use while driving. Fisher says texting and cellphone use while driving has long been banned on Fort Jackson.
Fisher says visitors are being warned they will be fined $75 for phone use while driving. A second offense means driving privileges are suspended for three months. The penalties increase for additional offenses.
Drivers may use cellphones if the vehicle is parked or if they use a hands-free device. But Fisher warns that military police will ticket a driver spotted with a cellphone in their hand.