Governor Says State Law On Cellphones In Cars Is Strict Enough

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he believes Connecticut’s law banning the use of cellphones and mobile electronic devices while driving –yet still allows hands-free devices– is enough to protect the public.

Malloy told reporters on Wednesday that he believes “there’s a certain amount of overreach” with the National Transportation Safety Board’s recent recommendation that states impose a total ban, except for emergencies.

The Democratic governor said there many distractions, including radios and children in the back seat.

While Malloy said he’ll look at any data that’s presented, he said “it’s not where I’d be going right now” and that he believes there are more serious issues.

The board also called on states to aggressively enforce their laws against texting, emailing or using a cellphone or device while driving.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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