Key Iowa Legislators don’t expect to pass a law that would forbid motorists from using a hand-held cell phone while driving. New York has just enacted such a law. Representative Willard Jenkins of Waterloo tried but failed this past year to get Iowa lawmakers to double traffic fines when a cell phone’s in use when someone’s caught speeding, running a red light or some other traffic no-no.Jenkins says his proposal was meant to remind Iowans of the danger of holding or dialing a cell phone while driving, because he doubts there’d be many arrests. Jenkins believes the New York law may pressure other states to take some sort of action. He says 41 states have some kind of a bill moving forward.Jenkins has a hands-free device he uses in his car when the cell phone rings.
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