Lawmaker wants to ban cell phone use in cars

BILOXI (WLOX) - State representative Billy Broomfield of Moss Point, says he sick and tired of seeing people driving recklessly while talking on their cell phones and text messaging.

Broomfield tells WLOX news, he will introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session, to make it illegal to talk on a hand held phone while driving.

"I think it will have a good chance of passing," Broomfield said. "This bill will require anyone to use a hands free device while talking on the cell phone while operating a motor vehicle."

Jim Richmond is a spokesman for Cellular South. Richmond has been in the cellular business for nearly two decades.

"Anytime you take your eyes off driving on the road, it It can certainly be dangerous," Richmond admits.

Richmond pointed out, the cellular industry has always been very aggressive in advising people about cellular safety while driving.

He also says more customers are choosing a hands free device these days.

Since he has yet to see Broomfield's pending legislation, he will not comment specifically on it, but does say, the cellular industry will get behind whatever is best for its customers and the state.

The National Trarnsportation Safety Board estimates at least 4,000 people died last year in auto accidents because they were distracted by using their cell phones, or text messaging.

By Jeff Lawson