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Greenville drivers confused over where hands-free zone begins, ends

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Distracted driving banned signs are posted at city entrances. (File/FOX Carolina) Distracted driving banned signs are posted at city entrances. (File/FOX Carolina)
A map of some of the boundaries of the city limits. (Source: City of Greenville) A map of some of the boundaries of the city limits. (Source: City of Greenville)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

You've probably seen it, or even done it, but now if you drive within the city limits of Greenville, it is illegal to hold your phone and text or talk while driving. The ban went into effect Tuesday.

"I feel too many teens and young adults get distracted and cause accidents," Andrew Tillman said.

Tillman is a teacher and said he hears stories about some of his students who caused wrecks because of distracted driving.

"I think with the Bluetooth, it won't be a hard transition because I have one and it's not a big deal," Tillman said.

Police said drivers can pick up the phone and dial 911 if there's an emergency. They can also use GPS devices by typing their destination as long as the car is parked and the phone is mounted.

However, police said if drivers are stopped at a traffic light, they can't hold their phones and text or talk. Read more about the law here.

"I think it's a good law," Ronald Priester said.

He said the law will keep drivers safe, but said he's confused about county and city lines.

"I think a lot of people might get tickets because of that, because they don't know where the lines are drawn," Priester said.

A map of the city of Greenville shows near North Pleasantburg Drive and Wade Hampton the city turns into the county. There are also parts of Woodruff Road that are in the county and city.

"I think they should put up signs, you know, a Bluetooth zone," Priester said.

And that's why Johnathan Bragg, a spokesperson with the Greenville Police Department, said there are signs at city limit entrances as a reminder for drivers.

"If it's worth having to call somebody or text somebody, just pull over into a parking lot and do it," Bragg said.

He said police will enforce the new distracted driving ban.

"For an officer to write a ticket or write a warning, they're going to need the probable cause of seeing someone operating the device while driving," Bragg said.

Curious if your home or neighborhood falls in the city limits? Check this online map and address search here.

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