- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island lawmakers are expected to approve a proposal that would outlaw the use of cellphones while driving.

The full House voted in favor of the proposed ban Thursday, sending it to the Senate.

The Senate passed similar legislation in April and in previous years, but it has repeatedly stalled in the House.

The Senate is expected to approve the bill Friday before the session ends, moving it to the governor’s desk for her consideration.

The legislation would prohibit drivers from talking on hand-held devices except in emergencies. Violators could be fined.

Rhode Island already prohibits texting while driving, but doesn’t ban holding the phone to talk.

Using a hand-held phone while driving is now banned in several states, including Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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