Ban on hand-held cellphones while driving could reach House floor this week

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A bill banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving could be approved by the full House this week, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee said Tuesday.

Rep. Patrick Brennan, R-Colchester, said H.62 passed the committee on a 10-0 vote with one absentee Tuesday. H.62 would require drivers to use hands-free devices while using a cellphone.

"I think it will pass the House without any problems," Brennan said, adding that a final House vote could come as soon as Friday.

The committee made a minor adjustment to the bill, which would allow drivers to hold their phones while activating or deactivating the hands-free system.

Law enforcement and medical professionals supported the bill in testimony last week. The Shumlin administration opposes the proposal.


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