State lawmaker pushes bill banning handheld cell phone in cars - CBS46 News

State lawmaker introduces bill to ban handheld cell phone use in cars

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

You see it all the time, people driving while talking on their cell phone.

"We'd like to send a message to drivers that this is just not acceptable," State Rep. Rahn Mayo said.

Mayo would like to outlaw it.

He introduced House Bill 31 this year that would ban drivers from using their handheld mobile devices behind the wheel of car.

"I would love to curtail the number of distracted drivers on our roads," Mayo said.

Mayo said that 18 percent of distracted driving accidents that happen when people are talking on a cell phone.

He said if people would just put down the phone and keep their eyes on the road, we'd all be safer

"It's my life and you know I'd like to say that I am as safe as I can be when I am on the phone, and that's what is important for me," Driver Rita Illig said.

Not everyone is opposed to the idea; Betty Williams said her daughter caused a serious car accident while reaching down to answer her phone.

"It was by the grace of God that she was not injured. She didn't have a scratch on her, but the car was completely totaled," Driver Betty Williams said.

Mayo said lawmakers will discuss the legislation in about two weeks and he's cautiously optimistic that it will become law.

"We can't afford not to pass this type of legislation. It's a safety bill. It's a bill that will make our roads safer," Mayo said.

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