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Only six states, including New York and Connecticut, ban the use of cell phones while driving without a hands free device.
"How do you know they're not doing it if they have (a cell phone) in their hands? The only way to stop texting is to get it out of their hands," she said.
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budget. Baddour said he would support removing the issue from the budget and having a full debate on the legislation.
"The time is now for Massachusetts to take action," read a letter sent from Atkins' office on Friday to state Rep. Joseph Wagoner, D Chicopee, and Sen. Steven Baddour, D Methuen, co chairmen of the Committee on Transportation.
BOSTON A group of state lawmakers is urging immediate action to ban the use of hand held cell phones while driving, after an MBTA driver crashed a Green Line trolley while sending a text message.
Johnston first worked with Rep. Robert Hargraves, R Groton, in 1993 to pass a ban after a motorist reaching for a cell phone struck Johnston as he crossed the street in Ayer.
The lawmakers, led by state Rep. Cory Atkins, D Concord, cited the May 8 MBTA accident as proof of why the Legislature must act quickly to prevent future accidents.
Ayer resident Peter Johnston, 81, said he would be the "happiest man in the world if they passed a bill."
"I don't think we're going to stop all cell phone usage, and I wouldn't advocate that, but there are safer ways to do it. And texting is just bananas," said Atkins, who supports legislation that would require drivers to use a hands free device to operate a cell phone while driving.
The letter was signed by 12 other legislators. A legislative hearing has been scheduled tentatively for Thursday, June 4.
Atkins blamed Baddour for killing the bill. Baddour, who himself admits to talking on his cell phone while driving, has argued that you can't "legislate against stupidity."
"The argument that I make is that the distraction causes the problem, not the holding of the phone. People can drive and talk on their cell phone. I don't care how good you are, you can't text and drive," Baddour said.
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Atkins said she supports the texting ban, but suggests it does not go far enough.
The debate over whether to restrict the use of cell phones while driving has been raging on Beacon Hill for more than seven years, with the House passing a bill last session that would have required hands free devices only to see that measure blocked in the Senate.
in its budget proposal that would prohibit all drivers from sending text messages or using cell phones to access the Internet while driving.
Baddour supports the texting ban, but still stands opposed to restricting the use of cell phones for talking.
The letter from Atkins points to a National Highway Safety Commission report that found cell phone use and texting to be the leading cause of accidents in the country behind drunken driving.
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Twelve states and the District of Columbia have already enacted laws prohibiting all drivers from texting while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Wagoner supports an all out ban on hand held mobile devices, but said he would prefer to see the full House debate the measure rather than include it in the Burberry Wallet With Coin Pouch
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