Maine House rejects ban of cellphone use while driving

AUGUSTA (AP) — As expected, the Maine House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have made it illegal to use handheld cellphones while driving.

The House on Tuesday voted down the bill 104-38, accepting a legislative committee's recommendation to reject it.

The bill sponsored by Biddeford Democrat Paulette Beaudoin would have barred cellphone use behind the wheel, with exceptions, including by police and other public safety officials.

House Minority Leader Kenneth Fredette said he voted against the measure because "big government doesn't need to be making decisions for people." The Newport Republican said Maine residents are proud of their personal freedom.

Texting while driving is barred in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reported that legislators also rejected a bill requiring all adult motorcyclists to wear helmets.

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Cell phones

Why did we expect anything less ? Our representatives and senators ride around talking on their cell phones . They are setting a poor example and certainly not abiding by the wishes of their constituents. I for one, will make my vote based on the right thing to do at the next election. I feel that cell phone use should be banned while driving. No one's life is worth that one call. There is nothing so important that it can't wait for someone to pull over to the side of the street. Freedom has gone way too far.

Tony Capola's picture


Are you kidding me...? This was coached as a "personal freedom" issue?

Someone’s personal freedom is not supposed to place my life in jeopardy.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have witnessed someone talking on their cell phone and driving at the same time. What’s important here is that they were doing-so in a dangerous manner. They were changing lanes without looking or stopped at a traffic light through two changes because the conversation was more important.

How many times have any one of us been stuck behind a driving going well below the speed-limit because it was more important to make a phone call.

In two instances I actually saw a person driving and using their iPad! You could see them peeking over the top of the iPad and holding on to it and the steering wheel at the same time. Oh-well; that was just someone exercising their PERSONAL FREEDOM to be an imbecile so I guess that I must now overlook this behavior because they were exercising their right to be stupid.

I want to be 'free' to, free from the dangerous acts of others.

Apparently holding a cell-phone and driving at the same time is an invitation to danger anywhere else but in Maine. I will be checking to see how my representative voted prepared to hold him accountable if he voted against this bill.

This is another case where the simpletons we elect to office making decisions based on a political ideology and not on good old-fashion common-sense.

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must be a slow crime day that they have to pick guys like him up. if he made it that long, they should pin a medal on him and send him back for 27 more years.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Wrong Thread

Bill you are on the wrong page...

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cell phone driving me crazy

i have had many people swerve to the left and practically drive into me when talking on cell phones. not only are they not paying attention but they can't see me thru their cell phone. 20 years ago we got along fine without them but now if you don't check them every 2 minutes, it's a crisis. studies show reaction time is decreased by over 50% when talking on cell phones but those pussies in Augusta are too gutless to tell anybody to do anything (including the governor). patterning themselves after our DC congressman who are too gutless (and heartless) to take any stand on guns. i was glad to see they are meeting one-on-one with some Newtown parents altho any public representative who could look those parents in the face and say they're not in favor of gun reform are cold blooded indeed.

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Cell Phone use while driving

I personally feel that using a cell phone while driving, should be banned in all states. The drivers of most vehicles are distracted enough while driving. They certainly don't need to be distracted by something going on in their personal life, instead of concentrating on their driving.

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Worried about guns killing people? But let the let the largest weapon ,owned by everyone just about, to be used without paying attention.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Lets get this right

Guns don't kill, but people do,


Now you say that cell phones kill and not people, just wondering?

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No can't you read Cars kill people

I never said cell phones kill people, I have seen more than my share of distracted drivers.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

You bit the hook

Cars kill people, so then guns kill people too....

Yes I have seen many distracted drivers too, from putting eye makeup on, reading maps, eating, yelling at the kids, adjusting the radio and so many other reasons and they are people that act and drive irresponsible.

So cells phones are as much a distraction as all of the reasons I listed and many more. In some states you have to pull over to talk and that too can be an accident looking for a place to happen.

People kill people, only the many types of devices they use vary, so if you outlaw cellphones use, you must outlaw all of the other reasons too.

Like me am my wife we use Hands free devices- bluetooth devices- to use in the vehicles and it is being responsible that others do the same to prevent unnecessary deaths. In the meantime the law needs to pull them over and ticket them, like other responsible states do for all of the reasons of driving.


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