Maine bill to ban cells while driving rejectedAP , Associated Press
Feb. 20, 2013 9:09 AM ET
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that would make it illegal to use cellphones while driving appears to be headed for the dead files.
The Legislature's Transportation Committee voted 10-1 Tuesday to reject the bill. The Kennebec Journal in Augusta (http://bit.ly/W3A3Rp ) reports critics were skeptical of the exemptions it made for certain classes of drivers and said the bill was an effort to legislate common sense.
Exemptions in the bill included police and corrections officers, firefighters and rescue workers, drivers with commercial licenses, doctors, municipal public works employees, Maine Turnpike Authority and Department of Transportation employees and state contractors.
Republican Rep. Wayne Parry of Arundel said Maine's existing distracted-driving laws are enough.
The 10-1 vote makes it highly unlikely to bill will pass in the full Legislature.
Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/