BANGOR – There’s a new law passed by Legislators to stop distracted driving but it still needs the governor’s signature. It’s the wording that’s leaving some people wondering what that truly means.
Distracted driving for some people could mean a variety of things: texting, eating and even talking on the phone. This bill is actually meant to ban the use of handheld devices while operating a vehicle.
“If you’re in the car talking. If you’re stopped at a red light and look down to do something on your phone, you are breaking the law,” said Chief Chris Greeley of the Holden Police Department.
According to officials, there were too many gray areas with the no texting and driving ban.
“The difficulty for law enforcement is to discern the difference between punching in a number which is legal and texting which is illegal,” said Sen. Bill Diamond of Windham.
“The issue isn’t for police to find other opportunities to stop you and ticket you,” said Greeley, “We’re not interested in that, we’re interested decreasing traffic accidents.”
Officials believe that this will create a safer driving experience for everyone and lower the spike in fatalities in the state due to cellphone use.
“You can put it on the dashboard,” said Diamond, “If you have Bluetooth that’s fine too. You can use your GPS, all of that is still good.”