More drivers get cell phone fines

The Norwegian Police Service is writing more and more fines for people who talk on the cell without a hands-free when driving.

The number of Norwegians who have received a fine for talking on a cell with out a hands-free has increased greatly from last year. The fine is NOK 1,000 (USD 147).

So far, the police have written almost 600 fines, which is almost a doubling from last year, according to numbers P4 has collected from the National Police Directorate.

The ban against talking on the cell without a hands-free was instituted in 2000. The first year only 500 people were fined. In 2002, the number increased to 1,191, and to 1,550 in 2003.

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