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A bill in the state legislature expands the law on distracted driving to include a number of other possible offenses beyond just phone use.

The House bill had originally would have made cellular phone use a primary offense. The Senate bill, on the other hand, takes things a little further.

The Senate bill would include: reading, writing, performing personal grooming, applying a beauty aid or similar products, interacting with pets or unsecured cargo, using a personal wireless communications device, or engaging in any other activity, conduct, task, or action that causes distraction. (Read Senate Bill 76 here)

The last part of that text, “or engaging in any other activity, conduct, task, or action that causes distraction”, could potentially give law enforcement the power to pull someone over for almost anything the officer believes is distracting.

Currently, law enforcement may not pull over a driver for using a wireless phone, but can only write a citation for the offense if the driver was pulled over for something else.

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