Arkansas House rejects bill to ban cell phone use by teen drivers

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The House rejected legislation that would prohibit drivers under the age of 18 from using a cell phone while behind the wheel. The bill failed on a 34 to 45 vote.

Earlier, the House Public Transportation Committee endorsed the proposal by Senator Kim Hendren of Gravette. The proposal moved out of committee by unanimous voice vote, although some members of the committee were skeptical about enforcement.

Under the proposal, anyone charged with breaking the cell phone law would be issued a warning on the first offense and a $50 fine for each subsequent offense.

The proposal would also make teenagers using a cell phone while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could not pull drivers over solely for that being on the phone.

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