Rhode Island lawmaker has renewed an effort to pass legislation intended to
reduce driver distractions.
bill, sponsored by Rep. Peter Kilmartin, D-Pawtucket, would prohibit hand-held
cell phone use while driving. Talking on a phone equipped with a “hands-free”
device would still be permitted.
H7065, a driver stopped for using a hand-held phone could be fined $35. The
bill would exempt emergency calls.
sponsored a similar bill in 2001 that passed the Assembly only to be vetoed by
then-Gov. Lincoln Almond. In rejecting the bill, the governor cited studies indicating that cell
phones were low on the list of driver distractions.