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Driving With Handheld Cell Phones Banned At Seymour Johnson

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

has banned handheld cell phone usage while driving, making it the second military base in North Carolina to enact such a rule.

Drivers, however, would be allowed to use cell phones as long as they were using a hands-free device.

In a news release issued Thursday, base officials said the new rule was designed to increase safety for those who live at, work at and visit the base.

Drivers violating the rule will receive a warning for the offense until Feb. 27; afterward they would be cited for the offense -- which could affect their base driving privileges.

In December, Pope Air Force Base imposed a similar rule after the Department of Defense ordered U.S. military bases to rewrite their policies.

Fort Bragg is expected to enact a similar rule.

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