Fort Campell-Cell Phones

Fort Campbell bans drivers from cell phone chats

Fort Campbell has become the first Kentucky community to ban drivers from using hand-held cellular phones, citing safety concerns. The ban takes effect September 22nd. Fort Campbell, with 25-thousand soldiers and their 35-thousand family members, will allow drivers to use cell phones only with headsets. Passengers are allowed to talk on hand-held phones and the ban does not extend to soldiers once they are off the post. With the ban, Fort Campbell has joined a national debate over cell phone use. New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC have banned drivers from using handheld phones and 17 states have some type of restriction or accident-reporting requirement.

Last year, Kentucky enacted a law that bans local governments from restricting cell-phone use in a motor vehicle, but it doesn't apply to military bases.