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Some lawmakers want to make it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A new state legislature proposal would expand a measure introduced last month banning cell phone use by drivers with a learner's permit or intermediate license.

Rep. Swati Dandekar, D-Marion, said she would at least like to prohibit all use of hand-held cell phones behind the wheel.

"We are doing it from a public safety point of view," she said. "This is a public safety issue."

Dandekar, a member of the House Transportation Committee, said some form of a ban for adult drivers is likely. She said she is open to adults using hands-free devices.

Rep. Geri Huser, D-Altoona and chairwoman of the committee, said it's unclear if there is enough support for the measure.

If passed, the penalty for talking a cell phone while driving would be a $30 fine.

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