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Shumlin Drops Opposition to Handheld Cellphone Ban

Read full article at Seven Days

May 7, 2014 | Paul Heintz

[…] As he made the case against banning handheld cellphone use while driving, Gov. Peter Shumlin said, “You can’t legislate common sense.”

Apparently, Vermont’s going to try.

Soon after House and Senate conferees signed off on a compromise ban Wednesday afternoon, Shumlin dropped his long-held opposition to the measure. He was swayed, it appears, by a face-saving amendment preventing points from being assessed on those caught violating the ban.

“Gov. Shumlin wanted to ensure the bill made sense for Vermont, wouldn’t increase Vermonters’ insurance rates or harm their driving records,” spokeswoman Sue Allen said in a written statement. “He appreciated the legislature’s willingness to compromise on this bill, and expects to sign it.” […]

Vermont House votes to ban drivers holding phones

Read full article at WCAX

May 7, 2014

[…] The House voted 129-6 Wednesday afternoon to accept a conference committee report calling for fines of $100 to $200 for a first offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses, but no points on the driver’s license.

The measure still needs to be ratified by the Senate before going to Shumlin for his signature.

Motorists could still use cell-phone technology, so long as the phone was mounted in a stationary location in the vehicle. […]