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Talking on a cell phone while driving in Chapel Hill becomes illegal June 1.

The town became the first in the nation to pass an ordinance outlawing talking on both hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving. After two years of discussion on the issue, the council voted 5-4 Monday night.

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and council members Gene Pease, Laurin Easthom and Matt Czajkowski opposed the measure.

The council deadlocked 4-4 on the ban earlier this month. It required a second reading Monday night. Council member Ed Harrison, who was absent during the first reading, cast the deciding vote.

Harrison, an avid cyclist, said much of the odd driving he encounters is caused by people distracted by talking on a cell phone.

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