Cellphones in Cars

H.62 aims to prohibit drivers from using cellphones in moving vehicles. As the bill was amended by the Transportation Committee this prohibition extended to the activation and deactivation of hands-free functionality while moving, without taking into consideration the fact that most smart phones allow for one-touch activation of hands-free functionality. I voted NO on the bill prior to successfully amending it the next day to allow for hands-free use if your phone is securely mounted in a cradle and you only have to push a button to activate it. My amendment, co-sponsored by a Republican, a Progressive and another D, passed unanimously on a voice vote. The Senate will now have its way with the bill and the governor has indicated that he might veto it.

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