Oklahoma City (AP) _ An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to fine and jail motorists who get into traffic accidents because they are distracted by their cell phones. A proposal by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, of Moore, would require a mandatory fine of $1,000 and 20 days in jail if cell phone use is a factor in an accident.
Wesselhoft says he's tried unsuccessfully to get legislation untracked to require cell phone users to use devices such as headsets so they could talk and keep both hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. He says that proposal wasn't well received by his fellow lawmakers. He says at least three states have banned cell phone use by motorists and four more have required that motorists using cell phones have devices allowing them to keep both hands on the wheel while they are talking.
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