AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee has effectively ended an attempt to ban most motorists from using handheld cellphones in Maine. It also recommended against passage of a motorcycle helmet law.
The Transportation Committee voted 10-1 against the cellphone bill on Tuesday, calling it an attempt to legislate common sense and citing concerns about exemptions for certain classes of motorists.
The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/11TH5KX ) reported that Rep. Wayne Parry said existing laws are adequate and that ‘‘we can’t legislate good driving, good behavior and common sense.’’ A similar bill, submitted in 2011 by Rep. Cynthia Dill of Cape Elizabeth, was killed after it failed to win committee support.
The committee also opposed a bill that would require motorcyclists to wear helmets. The recommendations will be sent to the full Legislature for consideration.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com