The full House takes up a bill today Tuesday hat would prohibit holding a cell phone while driving. Jennifer Smith, the CEO of Stopdistractions.org is pushing for this legislation
"No one is saying you can't use your phone while you're driving. This law simply says you would have to use it in a hands free mode. All phones have apps now that you can use hands free for virtually no cost," Smith said.
15 other states and Washington D.C. currently have similar laws. Smith says a reduction in accidents and cell phone use while driving have been noted in Oregon.
"Once the Oregon law was changed to this same basis of the phone cannot be in the driver's hand, they saw a two percent reduction use behind the wheel."
Opponents to the bill say they need access to their phones at all times while driving. Many note the map feature is something they use on a regular basis while driving. Smith says however that is dangerous.
"No one should be entering in an address when they're driving. Keep in focus, you are driving a four-thousand pound deadly weapon."