bill in the Vermont Senate would prohibit drivers’ use of hand-held cell
measure, sponsored by Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, would permit only
“hands-free” devices in moving vehicles.
Ayer told the Burlington Free Press she crafted S199
after talking with constituents who have seen too many drivers paying too
little attention to the road when chatting on phones.
“It’s become the way we do business,” Ayer said. “The least
they can do is keep both hands on the wheel.”
Sen. Gary Gossens, D-Addison, the bill’s co-sponsor, told
the newspaper he has noticed more and more drivers in Vermont weaving along the
road as they use cell phones.
“I can’t imagine anything more dangerous,” Gossens said.
“Sooner or later we’re going to have to do something.”
There are no statistics in the state showing how many
accidents have been caused by cell-phone use, the Free Press reported.
AAA opposes laws restricting cell-phone use by drivers. The
automotive association recommends that drivers avoid “emotional or complicated
phone conversations.” AAA cites the safety benefits of a cell phone in the
vehicle and the lack of statistics showing the risk of cell-phone use in its
reasoning for opposing the bans.
bill has been forwarded to the Senate Committee on Transportation.