- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Nearly a month after the advent of Vermont’s new law banning cellphones and other hand-held devices while driving, the state’s motor vehicles chief says it’s likely best to leave the electronics alone altogether and focus on driving.

The comment from Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Robert Ide follows release of a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicating that hands-free devices may be as bad or worse as hand-held cellphones.

Ide tells television station WCAX that anything that is a distraction from driving is not as safe as being undistracted. But he says he’s not sure he would support expanding Vermont’s new law against cellphones while driving to cover hands-free devices.

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