Maine House and Senate are considering a bill that would prohibit
the use of a handheld cellular telephone while driving. However,
CDL holders are among the exceptions to this proposed rule.
by Rep. John Eder, LD192 states a person may not operate a motor
vehicle while using a handheld cellular telephone. The bill makes
the offense a traffic infraction.
to the proposed rule would include a number of individuals driving
within the scope of their employment. These exceptions include:
law-enforcement officers, corrections officers and firefighters;
drivers of authorized emergency vehicles; holders of CDLs; public
transit personnel; municipal public works personnel; Maine Turnpike
Authority personnel; and state transportation personnel, including
all employees and contractors of the Department of Transportation.