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House defeats hand-held cell phone ban for drivers

3 years ago June 09, 2011 Jun 9, 2011 Thursday, June 09 2011 Thursday, June 09, 2011 1:06:42 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La.- The Louisiana House has overwhelmingly rejected a ban on drivers using hand-held cell phones, likely killing the proposal for the legislative session.

Lawmakers voted 55-33 against the measure by Rep. Charmaine Stiaes, a Democrat from New Orleans.

A similar proposal has been defeated by lawmakers in previous years as well, after opponents questioned whether the state was trying to meddle too much in personal behavior.

Stiaes argued she was trying to get drivers more focused on the road and to lessen avoidable accidents.

Her bill would have allowed drivers to use hands-free devices to talk on the phone and would have included exceptions for a list of emergencies.

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