MONTPELIER (AP) - The Colchester Police Department is reminding Vermont motorists that a new state law makes it illegal for drivers to use portable electronic devices in work zones.

The law took effect Jan. 1.

The devices that can't be used in work zones include cellphones, portable music players, GPS, tablet computers, unless they are being utilized with a hand-free feature.

The only exception is when it is necessary to communicate with emergency services in an emergency.

The penalty for a first offense is two points on a driver's license and a waiver fine of $230. Subsequent offenses carry a five point penalty and fine up to $479.