Md. cellphone bill moves ahead
A Maryland House of Delegates committee has approved a measure that would require drivers to use hands-free devices to talk on cellphones while behind the wheel.
The House Environmental Matters Committee voted Wednesday to approve a bill that already has been passed by the Senate. The bill goes to the full House for consideration, where any action could come over the next several days. The current session is scheduled to end on Monday.
Drivers could only use their hands to turn a phone on and off. They wouldn't be allowed to hold a cellphone during the conversation.
Drivers could be fined $40 for violations, under the bill.
According to a recent Post poll, more than half of drivers talks on the phone while driving.
Several recent studies have reported that hands-free cellphone use still is a distraction for drivers.
-- Wire and staff reports
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