Let’s face it — deep down inside we all know that using a handheld cellphone while we are driving is dangerous. The scientific evidence is in and the verdict is unanimous. The practice is the equivalent of driving with a 0.08 blood alcohol content in terms of our ability to concentrate.

In Maine alone, accident reports show that more than 2,000 collisions last year involved driver distraction — primarily cellphones. Yet we continue to use them, and I admit I am one of the worst offenders.

Collectively, however, we must look in the mirror and agree to stop. Too many people are being hurt and even killed by the practice. On Friday at 9 a.m., the Legislature’s Transportation Committee will consider my bill to prohibit use of handheld cellphones while driving and make it a traffic infraction. I hope many people will consider appearing and voicing their opinion.

Sen. Roger Katz


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