DOVER, Del. (AP)- The state House has passed a bill that restricts the use of cell phones by drivers on Delaware roads.
The bill was approved on a 33 to 5 vote Thursday. It prohibits talking on a cell phone while driving unless using a handsfree device. The bill also bans texting or e-mailing while driving.
Lawmakers approved several amendments before voting on the bill. One exempts farmers driving farm trucks or operating farm equipment. Another allows a driver to use his hands to dial a number before using the handsfree device to talk.
The bill, which exempts police, firefighters and other emergency personnel on duty, carries penalties of $50 for first-offense violators and up to $200 for subsequent offenses.
The measure now goes to the Senate.