Hand free texting could be deemed illegal after only a year of lawmakers legalizing

NHTSA: 1K deaths from texting involved crashes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new ban limiting drivers even more could be in the works.

A new bill looks to make something that was deemed legal a year ago, illegal.

Hand-free texting while driving became legal last year and many have taken advantage of that ability.

But now, just a year into the law, a Freshman State Lawmaker now wants to make hands-free texting illegal.

Researchers have found voice-controlled texting requires higher mental demand and longer glances away from the road.

Those backing the bill reference numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries a year involve cell phone use as a major distraction.

The bill should get its first hearing this Spring.

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