WINDHAM – You’ve probably seen somebody driving while using a cell phone. Now, one member of the legislature believes it’s time to ban cell phone use while driving.
So you’re driving down I-95, the car in front of you is driving a little erratically. Eventually, you’re able to pass it.
Senator Bill Diamond, D-Windham, stated “People are going 75 miles per hour. And they’re looking down. And you have watch them for a few minutes you know they’re not just dialing seven numbers or 10 numbers. They’re doing a lot of texting.”
If approved, it could solve the texting while driving problem as well.
“The police are saying, well, look we can’t really prosecute somebody who says they’re dialing a phone when we know they’re texting because it’s hard to prove.” added Diamond.
Diamond’s bill would only prohibit the use of hand held device. He said “So the easiest and best way to deal with this, in my opinion, is to make the hands free. Take the telephone out of the hands, put the phone on the dashboard. You can still use it, just keep the hands free.”
Thursday, the transportation committee voted unanimously to recommend passage of the proposal to the full legislature. Now, it may take a few weeks before it makes it to the house of representatives and the senate
The proposal carries a $75 fine for first-time offenders, the fine doubles on the second offense if it happens within a three-year span.