11/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cell Phone Fines Can Be Paid Out Of Court

Chicago motorists caught yakking on cell phones while driving -- and committing no other violation -- will soon be able to hang onto their driver's licenses and avoid the Traffic Court headache.

On Wednesday, a City Council committee traded the sledge hammer for a felt hammer, in hopes of increasing fines and reducing driver aggravation.

The Traffic Committee approved Mayor Daley's plan to allow motorists pulled over for violating the cell phone ordinance -- or the newly-approved ban on text-messaging and surfing the internet while driving -- to pay their tickets by mail or contest them at an administrative hearing.

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