Vt. Lawmakers Consider Driver Cell Phone Ban

By Lesley Engle

Published 01/31 2014 10:19AM

Updated 01/31 2014 10:28AM

Vermont lawmakers are considering banning drivers from using hand held cell phones—something that isn’t sitting well with the governor.

Currently in Vermont, it is illegal for a person to text while driving. Also, drivers under the age of 18 cannot operate a car while using any portable electronic devices.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.) does not support the hand held cell phone ban.

“When your kids call you and you’re a parent or when your parents call you if you’re a kid, the chances are you’re going to pick up the phone,”
Shumlin said. “And, I don’t want to pass laws that are going to make Vermonters outlaws.”

Shumlin went on to say he does not support “legalizing common sense.’ He said it’s better to educate people about distracted driving.

A recent study found more than half of all Vermont high school seniors text and drive.

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