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State Of Iowa Not Likely To Pass Hands-Free Driving Law This Year

Fri 4-16-2021

(Des Moines)  --  Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley says it is unlikely the 2021 legislature will vote to make it illegal to drive while handling a smartphone. 

Grassley says some of the questions House Republicans raised haven't been answered about the enforcement of a hands-free law. 

Twenty-six states have laws that ban drivers from using a cell phone behind the wheel.  It is illegal to text while driving in Iowa, but they cannot be ticketed for talking on a handheld phone. 

Former Governor Terry Branstad urged legislators to pass a law in 2015, but it failed that year and in every session since. 

Public safety officials in Minnesota say their hands-free driving law reduces fatalities and injuries caused by distracted driving.