Ban on cell phones while driving in Iowa advances

A bill to ban the use of cellphones while driving has advanced out of an Iowa Senate subcommittee.

The bill would prohibit drivers from using cellphones or similar electronic devices unless they are in hands-free mode. It expands current Iowa law that bans texting while driving.

Public safety and health care professionals on the job are exempted.

If approved, drivers could be fined $100. Those using a device who cause serious crashes would face much higher potential fines and driver’s license suspensions.