House Sticks Cell Phone Ban into Miscellaneous DMV Bill

By Steph Machado

Published 05/02 2014 07:29PM

Updated 05/03 2014 11:00AM

MONTPELIER - There's still a chance the Vermont Legislature will ban the use of electronics while driving before the session is over.

The hands-free driving bill, which would ban the use of hand-held electronics while behind the wheel, is effectively dead. It passed the House, but the Senate Transportation and Judiciary committees did not pass it. The Governor openly did not support it.

But the House is not done trying to get cell phones out of drivers' hands. They have amended the miscellaneous DMV bill to include the ban on electronic devices.

The Senate will now be forced to take up the cell phone issue. State Sen. Dick Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle), who chairs Senate Transportation, says his committee will consider the bill Monday.

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