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Forum News Service, Published February 14 2014

'Orange cones, no phones': Minn. bill would ban cell phone use in construction zones

ST. PAUL - Bills expected to be in front of this year's Legislature would ban mobile telephone use and increase speeding fines in road construction zones when workers are present.

"Orange cones, no phones," Rep. Ron Erhardt, D-Edina, said.

Rep. Mary Sawatzky, D-Willmar, sponsors the phone bill, which also would ban hands-free phone devices in construction zones.

Erhardt's higher fine bill would replace current law that doubles speeding fines in work zones. His bill would result in a $375 fine.