bill to ban drivers from using cell phones

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 16:10 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A local lawmaker is getting tough on drivers texting and talking on a cell phone.

State Representative Jim Pressel....a republican from Rolling Prairie has introduced

a bill at the statehouse.

Under the measure....any use of an electronic communications device by hand while driving

would be a traffic violation.

A driver would only be allowed to talk on a cell phone if they were using a hands free or

voice activated device.

Pressel says the measure adds teeth to existing laws which often cannot be enforced.....

He had this to say from the statehouse.....

His measure would also allow police to confiscated a device from an alleged violator.

The bill has been assigned to a House committee for review.

According to the National Safety Council .....1.6 million crashes happen a year

from use of an electronic device while driving.