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Vermont House votes to ban drivers holding phones

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has voted to ban hand-held cellphones and other electronic devices while driving, and Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the bill into law.

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.

Under the bill, a two-month public education plan begins in August and the law becomes effective in October.

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