AUGUSTA, Maine - By a vote of 24 to 10, the Maine Senate has given initial support to a bill that would ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.
Supporters say distracted driving has surpassed drunk driving as the major public safety hazard on roads. But opponents argue that existing laws already allow law enforcement to penalize distracted drivers.
Last year, more than 2,000 collisions in Maine were the result of distracted driving, and most of them involved cell phones, says Republican Sen. Roger Katz, of Augusta. Twelve people died.