Do You Support Banning Cell Phones in Vehicles on Minnesota Roads? [VOTE]
There's a bill that was passed by a Minnesota House committee on Friday that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. The bill passed with a unanimous vote, too. Officials say this ban would make it easier for law enforcement to catch people who are texting while driving.
I totally agree that we've got a serious problem on our roadways when it comes to the use of cell phones--It's an absolute epidemic, and something needs to be done. I'm glad that the legislature is trying to do something about it.
However, I'm a little concerned that a general cell phone ban across the board might prevent the use of GPS on your phone while you're driving. I'm not sure about you, but I rely on my cell phone map for everything! I'm not exactly sure what all of the specifics are with this bill, but it seems a little hard to enforce a complete ban if you're still going to allow phones for certain uses.
Texting while driving is already illegal in Minnesota. However, talking on the phone while you're driving is only illegal for drivers under the age of 18.
Essentially, according to the bill, if law enforcement officials see a cell phone in your hand while you're driving, then you run the risk of getting ticketed.