Vermont House Passes Driver-Cellphone Ban

February 20, 2014

The Vermont House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill banning the use of hand-held cellphones and other electronic devices while driving.

The measure got preliminary approval and final House passage on Feb. 14 after two amendments.

One allows the use of the devices while operating a farm truck or other farm machinery. The other allows use of hands-free devices by drivers if the devices are in a cradle or otherwise secured in the vehicle.

The bill faces uncertain prospects in the Senate. Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s cool to the idea, but so far is stopping short of a veto threat.

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