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Bill bans mobile phone use while driving

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It's already illegal to text while driving but talking on your cell phone while in the car could soon be against the law. Senator Tom Ada introduced Bill 397 that would prohibit the use of mobile phones to make voice calls while operating a vehicle on Guam. Texting while driving is already illegal.  With more than 110,000 registered cars on guam, the democrat lawmaker says driver attentiveness is imperative and the bill would prohibit drivers from having a cell phone in their hands at all while driving.

"The first offense would be a fine of no less than $100 and a repeated offense would be a fine of no less than $500. if the use of a cell phone while driving results or is a contributing in a traffic accident, that will result in a fine of no less than $1,000 and possibly even the revocation or suspension of one's driving privileges," the senator said,

The legislation does provide for some exemptions though, for conducting commercial transportation operations, making emergency calls to 911 or those drivers who use hands free devices and ham operators. 

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