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Committee approves cell phone driving ban

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BATON ROUGE-  A bill making cell phone use illegal while driving has advanced at the State Capitol. 

The only exception in the bill by Representative Austin Badon, D- New Orleans, is with the use of a hands-free device.

Badon has offered and supported several bills over the years to accomplish this goal. 

He says there was not much opposition to the bill in the Louisiana House Transportation Committee because everyone has a better understanding of the danger.

People we spoke with agreed with Badon saying the bill would make roads safer. 

One retailer says there are several different hands-free devices available starting at about twenty dollars. 

He also says many new cars are being built with Bluetooth technology included, making it easier to go hands free.

The bill now goes to the Louisiana House floor.

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