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Ban on hand-held cell phone use by drivers stalls

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Posted: Mar 24, 2014 11:22 AM by Melinda Deslatte
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: cellphones, louisiana law, drivers, legislature

BATON ROUGE - It appears Louisiana drivers won't face new limits on their cellphone use.

An annual effort seeking to prohibit hand-held cellphone use by motorists stalled Monday in the House Transportation Committee. After facing widespread resistance, Republican Rep. Mike Huval, of Breaux Bridge, voluntarily shelved the proposal.

Supporters of the bill say it would help reduce distracted driving. Opponents say the measure arbitrarily picks on one type of distracted driving, and they criticized it as a "nanny state" bill.

While the committee was not receptive to the hand-held cellphone ban, lawmakers on the panel did back a bill that would prohibit the use of speed cameras and other automated speed enforcement devices on interstates. Louisiana doesn't have any such programs yet.

The bill heads next to the House floor.

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