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Maine bill to ban cellphone use while driving hits snag

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A bill that would make it illegal to use cellphones while driving appears to be headed for the dead files. The Legislature’s Transportation Committee voted Tuesday to reject the bill. The Kennebec Journal in Augusta reported that critics were skeptical of the exemptions it made for certain classes of drivers and said the bill was an effort to legislate common sense. Exemptions in the bill included police and correction officers, firefighters and rescue workers, drivers with commercial licenses, doctors, municipal public works employees, Maine Turnpike Authority and Department of Transportation employees, and state contractors. The 10-to-1 vote makes it highly unlikely the bill will pass in the full Legislature.

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