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Lawmakers look to ban bus driver cell phone use

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By: Bill Schammert

Many might agree, bus drivers shouldn't be on their cell phones while driving students.  Currently that's the recommendation, but Tuesday, lawmakers heard testimony on a bill that would make it illegal.

"The precious cargo that's being carried by those buses, these are children," Sen. Kate Sullivan said. "And we know distracted driving does cause accidents."

The Cedar Rapids senator introduced LB-258 after one of her constituents complained of a driver texting while operating the bus.

Texting is currently illegal, but just talking on a phone is not.

Right now, 19 states and the District of Columbia ban cell phone use entirely for bus drivers.

The drivers would still be able to use their two-way radios to talk to dispatch.

Up next, senators will vote on whether to send the bill to the floor for debate.

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