Hand-held Devices One Step Closer to Being Banned While Driving

By Steph Machado

Published 02/11 2014 05:46PM

Updated 02/11 2014 06:45PM

MONTPELIER - A bill to ban the use of hand-held devices while driving passed out of the House Transportation committee. It already passed House Judiciary last week. It will now head to the House floor.

The bill would ban the use of all hand-held devices like cell phones, but would allow hands-free and voice dialing. The bill would also allow one-touch activation, so drivers could turn on the Bluetooth feature when they receive a call. There is also an exemption for emergency calls.

"We have to hear the awful stories of people who are distracted and drive off the road," explained State Rep. Mike McCarthy (D-St. Albans), a member of the House Transportation committee. "Public safety was really the number one priority for folks," he said.

Governor Peter Shumlin (D-Vermont) has spoken out against the bill, although he has not said he would veto it if it passes the House and Senate. He told FOX44 & ABC22 he does not support legislating common sense.

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