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Shumlin won't support ban on cellphone use for drivers

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

The Vermont Legislature may be shifting its position on cellphone use behind the wheel, but Gov. Peter Shumlin is not.

Last week we told you that key members of the House and Senate won't block a bill that would ban drivers from using their cellphones.

Similar measures have stalled in committee over the last few years.

Proponents say it should make enforcing the state's texting ban easier and reduce accidents.

But Wednesday the governor said common sense is the answer, not legislation.

"Cellphones are a part of life today and if you're driving down the road and you see your mom or dad is calling-- in the case of these students-- or you see that your child is calling in the case of parents, chances are you're going to pick up the phone. So my point is let's all be sensible, but I'm not a fan of passing legislation we know is going to force people to break the law," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

The governor did say he encourages the use of hands-free devices. He would not say if he plans to veto the hands-free bill should it pass the Legislature. Last year, he did sign a measure banning texting behind the wheel and also banning the use of all hand-held electronic devices within work zones.

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