House Rejects Bill To Ban Cell Phone Use By Teen Drivers

LITTLE ROCK - The House rejected legislation that would
prohibit drivers under the age of 18 from using a cell phone while
behind the wheel. The bill failed on a 34 to 45 vote.

Earlier, the House Public Transportation Committee endorsed the
proposal by Senator Kim Hendren of Gravette. The proposal moved out
of committee by unanimous voice vote, although some members of the
committee were skeptical about enforcement.

Under the proposal, anyone charged with breaking the cell phone
law would be issued a warning on the first offense and a 50-dollar
fine for each subsequent offense.

The proposal would also make teenagers using a cell phone while
driving a secondary offense, meaning police could not pull drivers
over solely for that being on the phone.

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