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Ky. House panel approves bill banning phones in work, school zones

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FRANKFORT, KY (KFVS) -

A bill banning phone calls while driving through certain state work and school zones has cleared a Kentucky House panel.

According to a news release, House Bill 33 also would increase fines for anyone violating the state's no-texting-while texting law.

Those fines would range from $25 to $50 for a first offense and from $50 to $100 for each following offense.

"We are here with this bill for one reason. And that is that distracted driving kills," said sponsor Rep. Terry Mills.

Drivers who use hands-free devices like Bluetooth would be exempt from the legislation under an amendment approved by the committee.

The bill now goes to the House chamber for further action.

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