Vermont to ban hand-held cellphones while driving


MONTPELIER (AP) - A conference committee of Vermont legislators has agreed to a ban on hand-held electronics including cellphones while driving, and Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign it into law.

Shumlin has urged against such legislation throughout the legislative session. But an aide says he's pleased with a compromise in which using hand-held devices while driving will draw fines, but not points, on the offender's driver's license.

House and Senate conferees agreed to the bill at midday Wednesday, and both chambers were expected to accept the conference committee's version of the ban.


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