- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a ban on using hand-held cellphones and other electronic devices while driving, even though he had expressed skepticism about the bill in the past.

The law takes effect on Oct. 1.

Shumlin said Thursday that Vermonters said they “desperately wanted this bill to try to make our roads more safe.”

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/SDQsLd ) that he gave the pen he used to sign the bill to Debbie Drewniak of Colchester, a pedestrian who was left disabled after she was struck by a driver texting on a cellphone in August 2011.

Drewniak said she hoped the law would prevent other people from suffering what she has endured.

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