Has been a quiet bill

Under the legislation, which passed the House earlier this month, the state would prohibit drivers 18 and older from holding or physically supporting a phone while driving — unless they are using an "earpiece, headphone device, or device worn on a wrist to conduct a voice-based communication."

Drivers could also take a call while the phone is mounted onto the dashboard.

It may soon be illegal in Tennessee to use a hand-held cellphone while driving

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Tennessee gov to mull ban on handheld phones while driving

Gov. Bill Lee will decide whether Tennessee will ban the use of handheld electronic devices, including cellphones, while driving.

Tennessee gov to mull ban on handheld phones while driving

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Signing this bill into law

Signing this bill into law could end up being the only sensible thing Lee does this year.

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Didn't understand why the

Didn't understand why the original quote mentioned drivers 18 and older, but now I see that under the new law driver's under the age of 18 won't be able to use a mobile telephone (:)) at all while driving a car.

Maybe they should have said electronic device.

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Cell phones involved in an estimated 27 percent of car crashes

There should probably be a national law preventing cell phone use while driving

Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver

Motor Vehicle Safety - CDC

Cell phones are involved in an estimated 27 percent of all car crashes, says National Safety Council

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Bill that would ban handheld phones while driving in TN heads to

Violators would face up to a $50 fine. That amount could reach $100 if the violation causes an accident or $200 for violations in construction or school zones.

Bill that would ban handheld phones while driving in TN heads to Gov. Lee

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The Worst States for Distracted Driving

Our study found that Tennessee had the highest rate of distracted driving fatalities, nearly five times the national average of 1.49 fatalities per 10 billion vehicle miles.

The Worst States for Distracted Driving

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