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Iowa Lawmakers: Hang Up And Drive

February 10, 2009, 1:17 PM

Iowa Lawmakers: Hang Up And Drive
Some Iowa legislators have a message for cell phone users: stop talking or texting while you're driving.

A measure being considered in the Legislature would fine drivers $30 if they used their phones while behind the wheel.

Des Moines Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad is the main backer of the measure. He says the need for the ban is obvious, noting that most people have seen motorists weaving down the road because they're more focused on chatting than driving.

Lawmakers have failed to pass a ban in previous session, but Abdul-Samad says the need for the new rule has increased as more people use their phones when they're on the road.

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