BOSTON (CBS) – There’s a new push to ban hand-held cell phones while driving in Massachusetts.
The Joint Transportation Committee unanimously approved the latest version of the bill Thursday.
It’s not clear yet when the measure will go the floor for debate.
A ban has twice passed in the House, but the Senate rejected it in 2010.
This bill would allow people to use only hands-free phones while driving.
State Senator Thomas McGee, a Democrat from Lynn, is co-chair of the Committee on Transportation.
He thinks the time is right for the bill.
“The technology is really changing. I think it’s important that we have the discussion and we’ll see where the Senate goes. I can’t speak for my colleagues, but I know there was support in the Senate, it was a close vote and I think the committee felt it was an important step to move the bill forward,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Friday.
Nine other states already ban hand-held cell phone use while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended a total ban on hand-held cell phone use in cars in the United States.