NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) - Last year, more than 1,300 crashes in Tennessee were blamed on drivers distracted by using their cell phones. A new bill to ban holding your cell phone and talking while driving is moving closer to passing in the Volunteer State. The plan would make for a "Hands Free Tennessee." It's now in the hands of the House Transportation Committee, who will take up the issue on March 1. Tennessee already has a law against texting and driving. The new law would require drivers to use hands-free devices when taking calls.
The plan makes it a misdemeanor to talk on a phone and drive unless the device is hands-free. At least 14 other states have similar laws and a federal law has been in place for all commercial drivers since 2011.
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