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Senate votes to ban all cell phone use while driving

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By Alana Cerrone

Drivers in Rhode Island may see a ban on all cell phone use in the future.

If the House decides to follow the Senate’s lead before the end of the 2014 legislative session, this law could go into effect as early as June 1, 2017.

The Senate approved the bill that would ban the use of any ‘non-hands-free personal wireless communication device’ while driving.

The law would not apply to public safety personnel or emergency situations.

Those in violation would be subject to a fine of no more than $100.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator V. Susan Sosnowski, said, “Unfortunately, it is no longer enough to fine people for texting while driving because talking on the phone while having one hand off of the wheel is equally distracting.”

The Senate voted 37 to 0 to approve the bill, which will now be sent to the House for consideration.

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