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.

Read: Keller @ Large: It’s Time To Ban Cell Phones While Driving

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.

Comments (4)
  1. gramps says:

    How to enforce Hand Held Cell Phone & texting while driving Laws & tickets…..101…

    The Police Officer does the following:

    1) Observes the ‘Offense’ & notes the time of day & if possible use his/her dash-cam to memorialize the offender.

    2) Pulls the Offender over, asks for & receives the cell phone #, then verifies by calling the given # to see if the phone rings…

    3) If necessary, for court purposes, cell phone records will be will be ‘Subpoenaed”, they’ll show the dates & time of day the phone was in use. This will prove the ‘Motorist’ guilty or innocent.

    4) If the Motorist refuses to surrender his/her cell phone #, they shall/should be treated as if they, ‘REFUSED THE BREATHALYZER’!


    After a 6 month ‘Grace Period’ in which WARNINGS will be issued,
    existing ‘DUI’ guidelines would apply.


  2. Stu says:

    What a joke and waste of legislative time… Oh wait a minute the’re great at that.

    The police haven’t got the man power to inforce the laws that already exist. such as speeding, running red lights, stop signs, no turn on red…the list is endless.

    Why another law that will bag one out of a thousand violators?

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