Under a measure
prefiled by Rep. Ken Lancaster (D-Soldotna), it would be illegal
for drivers to have hand-held cellular phones in their vehicles.
The measure is among roughly 40 bills submitted by lawmakers last
week in anticipation of the legislative session, set to convene
phone bill would allow drivers to use only hands-free phones,
said Lancaster, noting models that are voice activated or attach
to earphones would be acceptable, The Juneau Empire reported.
using hand-held phones would be guilty of an infraction, said
Lancaster, who plans to set fines during hearings on the bill.
of distracted drivers was the topic of many state legislatures
last year. Starting Jan. 1, cell phones and driving will be studied
in California, while Oregon made it illegal for local governments
to regulate cell phones and driving. In North Bend, Wash., ``inattentive''
drivers - fiddling with the radio, eating a burger - can be fined
an extra $300 if they get a ticket.