- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

BOSTON (AP) - The top Democrat in the Massachusetts House says he expects a bill that would prohibit motorists from holding cellphones while driving to come up for a vote in the chamber this session.

Supporters of the measure say a ban on handheld cellphones would reduce the number of crashes caused by distracted driving.

The state Senate has approved a ban in each of the last two legislative sessions, but in both cases the bill never got a final vote in the House.

One sticking point has been concerns it could lead to more racial profiling in traffic stops.

In a statement issued to The Boston Globe, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he intends for the House to take up the proposed ban, under which drivers could still use phones with hands-free technology.

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