Vermont House mulls phoning-while-driving ban

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MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House is set to take up a bill that would ban the use of all but hands-free cell phones while driving.

Backers say drivers could continue using hands-free devices while operating a motor vehicle. And it makes an exception for making an emergency call to 911.

But the bill aims to make the sight of a driver distracted while chatting with a phone to his or her ear a thing of the past.

The bill passed the House Transportation Committee on a 10-0 vote and is up for a preliminary vote in the full House on Thursday.

Its fate is uncertain in the Senate, and Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration opposes the bill.


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