Hang up and drive

The bill to prohibit the use of handheld cellular phones while driving inched closer to becoming law this week. The Senate Transportation Committee held a quick hearing on the bill, moving it on a unanimous voice vote to the Finance Committee.

This bill prohibits the use of cell phones while driving—in motion, or as part of traffic, including use at stoplights, except when the driver is using a hands-free device. The bill allows a driver to use a cell phone while driving in an emergency situation. Use of navigation systems and listening to music, podcasts or other audio content is still allowed, provided the device is being used in a hands-free mode.

According to The Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 15 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. (SF 837)