House Republican Leader Statement on Bill Prohibiting Electronic Devices While Driving

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered the following statement relative to the House passage of HB1360, a bill that would prohibit reasonable use of phones and electronic devices while driving. The bill passed by a 192-133 vote.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“We have good, reasonable laws on the books that prohibit distracted driving of any kind, whether those distractions are food related, pet related, person related or phone related. This bill unfairly suggests all users of cellphones or electronic devices are distracted. The vast majority of drivers have been operating their vehicles safely for years, even before hands-free technology hit the market. We should be enforcing distracted driving laws as they stand, rather than ending the use of cellphones for everyone.”