RI Senate mulls cellphone ban for young drivers


Young drivers in Rhode Island would no longer be able to use handheld cell phones while behind the wheel under legislation heading to a vote in the General Assembly.

The proposal would make it illegal for drivers under 21 to talk on a hand-held phone while driving. Hands-free devices would still be allowed. Violators would be subject to a $100 fine.
The bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Thursday evening.

Sen. Frank Lombardo is the bill’s sponsor. The Johnston Democrat says too many accidents are caused by drivers talking on their cell phones, and that young drivers are among the worst offenders.

Rhode Island already bans texting while driving.

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