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Granville Village Council votes to ban cell phones while driving

The Granville Village Council has passed an ordinance banning the use hand-held communication devices, such as cell phones, while driving.

The ordinance, also referred to as 'Nathan's Law,' is named after Nathan Richeson, who was killed by a distracted driver in 2014.

His mother, Cathy Richeson, approached village leaders about the law, which was passed in a matter of months.

“When something like this happens, you have a choice and we’ve chosen, in Nathan’s name, to move forward as we’re able to, so that this doesn’t happen to any other families,” Richeson said. “People need to put their phones down and when they’re driving, they drive.”

The ordinance does allow drivers to use hands-free functions, such as Bluetooth.

Those who violate the law will be guilty of a minor misdemeanor. According to Granville Law Director Michael King, a first offense is punishable with a ticket of no more than $150.

A second offense, in less than 12 months, will be considered a fourth-degree misdemeanor. King said those offenders face the possibility of a $250 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

A third offense, in less than a year, is considered a third-degree misdemeanor. Offenders would face a fine of up to $500, with the possibility of up to 60 days in jail, according to King.

Granville police will begin enforcing 'Nathan's Law' on December 7. 



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