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Motorists scared into hands-free kits

An increased number of motorists are using hands-free kits because of a new bylaw.

A Cape Town motorist is pulled over on 5 July 2012 during a crackdown on cell phones in cars. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says an increasing number of motorists are using hands-free kits.

Officers have promised to enforce the new cellphone bylaw consistently.

Drivers caught chatting or texting while behind the wheel have to pay a R500 fine and have their devices confiscated for 24 hours.

Mayoral committee member JP Smith says they are planning more operations soon, as their priorities were elsewhere this week.

"We had that inclement weather and lots of road flooding that officers needed to attend to, so I would say that cellphone users also got a lucky break, or an unlucky break depending on how valuable they think their lives are. However, the new cellphone bylaw will be enforced every day."