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Hannah Butler

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     We all know that texting while driving is illegal here in the state. It’s a distraction and can cause much danger if you perform the act. There is now another law on cellphones being discussed between the House and the Senate of Kansas.

     Right now, there is no ban on handheld devices. People with a learner’s or intermediate permit can’t use their devices at all while driving. This ban doesn’t stand for those with a regular license. If the ban became a thing, it would target holding a cellphone up to your ear and talking to someone while on the road. The bill was discussed last year by the sponsor, Representative Louis Ruiz of the 32nd District. It was never put into action though. His goal is to lessen the amount of devices used while driving.

     The bill is being discussed, but there is some debate on if it should be put into action. Aleah Hanson, sophomore, says hands-free devices are a good alternative option, “I’d say it’s not as harmful because it doesn’t distract the driver as much as a physical phone would.” Another sophomore, Lindy Reynolds disagrees “It can still be distracting on the road. Like if you look at it and your mind is on one thing when it should be on the road,” she says.

     The fine for texting while driving is $60. Being distracted while driving not only puts your own life in danger, but it also endangers the life of others. It’s better to put the phone aside and focus on where you’re heading. It’s not only phones that can distract a person. “I think that the radio and other people in the car cause distractions sometimes,” says freshman Kaytlynn Kuder.

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