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Lawmakers Looking to Crack Down on Drivers on Cell Phones

By Ellis Codjoe, February 15, 2019

If a motorist is currently caught texting and driving, the fine would be 30 dollars. A new bill is moving through the Iowa Senate that would more than triple the penalty ($100).

That is just one of many changes that are being proposed by lawmakers. Motorists involved in serious accidents while texting or handling their cell phone would face a potential fine of $500 and their license could be suspended for three months. If the accident resulted in a death, the fine would rise to $1000.

Last week, Governor Kim Reynolds voiced her support for such a law. While cautioning that she would have to see the bill “in its final form,” the governor added:

“But anybody that drives down I-235 or the Interstates, we see people on their phones and it’s extremely dangerous.”

The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday and is now eligible for debate in the Iowa Senate.

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