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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