Legislator Hopes to Ban Cell Phone Use by Drivers in Arkansas

DECEMBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A state senator wants Arkansas to force drivers to hang up their cell phones while driving, or at least own a hands-free device that would allow them to do so.

Senator Kim Hendren filed two competing proposals that he says are an effort to cut down on crashes caused by drivers using their cell phones.

One proposal would ban the use of cell phones while driving, unless the driver is using a hands-free device. Hendren, a Republican from Gravette, also filed a second proposal that would only require chatty drivers to own a hands-free device.

Hendren says he also plans to file legislation this week that would ban drivers under 18 from using any type of cell phone while driving.

Hendren says he offered the different proposals because he didn't know if there was enough support for a stricter ban on cell phones in cars.

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