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Oconee Co. passes distracted driving ban, Sunday alcohol sales referendum

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Oconee County Council passed two laws on Tuesday. (April 15, 2014/FOX Carolina) Oconee County Council passed two laws on Tuesday. (April 15, 2014/FOX Carolina)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Oconee County Council passed two hotly contested laws on Tuesday.

The distracted driving law passed unanimously and will take effect immediately, the council decided at the meeting.

During the meeting, it was determined deputies will use discretion when writing tickets until Memorial Day. After that there will be zero tolerance.

The council said violations will be punishable with fines starting at $100, and increasing by $100 for the second and third offenses.

Under the law, drivers can use their phones at traffic lights and if pulled over. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said they would like to have signs reminding drivers of the new law at county lines.

Sunday alcohol sales makes ballot

Also unanimously passed was a Sunday alcohol referendum for Oconee County.

The referendum will now head to the November ballot where voters will decide whether or not to allow alcohol sales on Sunday at restaurants, bars, grocery stores and gas stations.

If the referendum passes in November, it will be up to business owners to decide if they want to get a permit or not.

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