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Sedgwick County bans cell phone use for employees driving on county business

Sedgwick County employees driving on county business will have to pull over or ignore calls to their mobile phones under a new policy approved Wednesday.

First responders such as sheriff's officers, emergency medical services and firefighters are the only exceptions.

The move is part of an overhaul to a decade-old driving policy, and it comes as more government agencies ban their employees from taking calls while driving.

Sedgwick County's ban includes cell phones — including hands-free devices — headphones and computers.

It applies to employees driving county-owned and personal vehicles on county business.