Massachusetts Drivers could face fines of $100 under new distracted driving bill

Motorists in Massachusetts would be barred from using hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel under legislation approved by the state House on Wednesday.

The proposal passed on a 155-2 vote would also ramp up the collection of data on traffic stops around the state after concerns were raised by minority legislators and civil libertarians that a cellphone law could lead to more racial profiling by police officers.

House passage of the bill marked a milestone for supporters, as similar legislation has cleared the state Senate in previous years without surfacing for a final vote in the House.