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Proposed ban on using electronics while driving stalled

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A proposed ban on hand-held electronics usage while driving seems to have stalled in the Vermont Legislature.

This year it appeared a restriction on hand-held cellphone use would pass after longtime opponent Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Grand Isle County, agreed to support the push. 

But the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dick Sears, D-Bennington County, says he's concerned with the broader issue of distracted driving not just electronic device usage.

Time is quickly running out to craft a more encompassing measure before the planned end of the legislative session in early May.

"I think there are a lot of things that are distractions behind the wheel. I think trying to open a CD is a distraction behind the wheel. I think eating a sandwich can be a distraction behind the wheel," said Sears.

An annual survey conducted on Town Meeting Day found that the vast majority of Vermonters support a ban on cellphone use behind the wheel.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, however has opposed any such measure stating that it doesn't make sense for the state to regulate common sense.

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