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Video: Wash. Senate Passes Updated Handheld Phone Ban

March 13, 2015

VIDEO: Tougher Distracted Driving Bill Passes Wash. Senate

The Washington Senate on March 10 passed a bill aimed at updating the state’s restrictions on handheld mobile phone use while driving.

A state law passed in 2007 already bans driver handheld phone use for phone calls and texting. The new bill would extend that handheld phone ban to include such popular smartphone functions as checking social media, reading website content and using a GPS navigation app.

Opponents of the bill argued that the proposed restrictions would further infringe on drivers’ personal liberties and unfairly target technology, the Seattle Times reported. Drivers can also be distracted while engaging in such activities as eating or fiddling with the radio, some senators pointed out.

But bill supporters stressed the dangers of distracted driving. The bill passed on a 35-14 vote and moved on to the House for consideration. To view a video report on the bill, click on the photo or link above.

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  1. 1. [email protected] [ March 17, 2015 @ 09:28AM ]

    The Law is a WASTE of Taxpayers Money! I live in Illinois where it is against the law to use a cell phone while driving and the police deptartments DO NOT ENFORCE IT ONE BIT! I personally see dozens of people driving with the phone plastered to there head and passing police officers and nothing done. I have even seen POLICE,State Of Illinois Trucks and cars talking on the Phone while driving??? The problem is and what we need to focus on is the mental addiction to CELL Phones. IT IS AN ADDICTION!

 

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