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Signs for Greenville's distracted driving law begin to appear

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An example of the city's distracted driving sign. (Source: City of Greenville) An example of the city's distracted driving sign. (Source: City of Greenville)
The first sign was placed on Laurens Road entering Greenville from Mauldin. (March 20, 2014/FOX Carolina) The first sign was placed on Laurens Road entering Greenville from Mauldin. (March 20, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With only two weeks left, drivers across the city of Greenville are being reminded to put down their electronic devices while driving.

The city's distracted driving ban goes into effect on Tuesday, April 1 and the city is putting up signs and posting information online on how the law will affect citizens.

Only one sign was up Thursday afternoon, and a total of 33 are expected to be placed around the city.

The ordinance forbids the use of handheld mobile devices while operating a vehicle. Operation includes not only while the vehicle is in motion, but also while the vehicle is temporarily stopped due to traffic, a traffic control device (e.g. a stoplight or stop sign) or other delays, such as waiting in a carpool line.

The law does allow drivers to use their devices while driving as long as it is hands-free, through a speaker phone, Bluetooth, or mounted holder. Click here to see some do's and don'ts for the distracted driving ordinance.

Drivers cannot hold a mobile device up to or near his or her ear to talk or listen, nor can they hold and use the keyboard or screen. If the device cannot be used hands-free, the driver must be legally parked.

If a driver needs to accept an incoming call or place one, they can as long as the phone is attached to the dashboard, instrument panel or console of the vehicle.

If a driver is stopped on or after April 1 for using a device in violation of the ordinance, they could face a fine of up to $100, plus court costs. The fine increases for second and third violations. Greenville police will have the option to enforce the ordinance through warnings for a period of time.

And officers can stop a driver for using handheld devices as it is considered a primary offense.

The city says they will have signs up reminding drivers of the new law at all city entrances along with billboards advertising the ordinance.

Watch the city's distracted driving FAQs video here.

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