Bill Barring Smartphone Use While Driving Faces Key Deadline This Week

Statewide Iowa — April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Alex Dinkla says law enforcement officials are hoping it will be the month Iowa law is changed, to forbid motorists from handling a smart phone while driving.

Iowa law currently bars texting while driving, but Dinkla says it’s not working to curb distracted driving.

Dinkla says investigations of recent fatality crashes in Iowa show drivers’ smart phone use was a factor.

Dinkla made his comments on Iowa Public Radio. Last week the Senate voted 47 to three to approve a bill that would bar drivers from handling a smart phone. The bill must clear the House Transportation Committee this week or it’s no longer eligible for consideration this year.



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