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Vt. cell phone ban bill may move forward


MONTPELIER, Vt. – A Vermont Senator has changed his stance on a cell phone ban for drivers meaning the legislation is now likely to move forward.

Senator Dick Mazaza, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, had been a past opponent of banning cell phones while driving, but changed to a yes vote as his committee voted unanimously in support of the bill Tuesday.

Mazza notes Vermont has already banned texting while driving. He said that's been difficult for police to enforce because officers often can't tell if someone was texting or dialing.

The House already has passed a cell phone ban.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he's cool to the idea but has not said he'd veto it.

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