Fort Jackson cracks down on cell phones, drivers

      (source: ARA)

      FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- The Army's largest training installation in South Carolina is increasing penalties for cell phone use while driving.

      Fort Jackson provost marshal Maj. Brad Fisher says the problem is made worse because there is no state law banning cell phone use while driving. Fisher says texting and cell phone use while driving has long been banned on Fort Jackson.

      Fisher says visitors are being warned they will be fined $75 for phone use while driving. A second offense means driving privileges are suspended for three months. The penalties increase for additional offenses.

      Drivers may use cell phones if the vehicle is parked or if they use a hands-free device. But Fisher warns that military police will ticket a driver spotted with a cell phone in their hand.