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Technology Vermont bill would ban cell phone use by anyone younger than 21

03:05  10 january  2020
03:05  10 january  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Cellphone users under 21 in Vermont could see jail time if new bill is passed

  Cellphone users under 21 in Vermont could see jail time if new bill is passed A new proposed bill in Vermont seeks to ban cell phones for people under 21. A Vermont lawmaker has pushed forward new legislation that would prohibit possession of a cellphone for residents younger than 21.

" Young people frequently use cell phones to bully and threaten other young people, activities that have been linked to many suicides." The bill would make possession or use of a cell phone by anyone under than 21 punishable by up to a year in jail and a ,000 fine. The bill says that if those

A Vermont lawmaker has introduced a new bill that would ban the use of cellphones by anyone under the age of 21 . Rodgers argued that young people are too immature to use cellphones , citing the role the Cell phones cause far more deadly crashes than the total number of gun deaths.

A bill has been introduced in Vermont's legislature that would prohibit anyone under 21 years old from using or possessing a cell phone. However, the bill appears to be more about gun rights than cell phones .

a group of people sitting on a bench posing for the camera: A Vermont lawmaker has proposed a ban on people under 21 owning or using a cell phone. Leo Patrizi/Getty Images© Provided by CNET A Vermont lawmaker has proposed a ban on people under 21 owning or using a cell phone. Leo Patrizi/Getty Images

The bill, introduced Tuesday by Democratic Sen. John Rodgers, says those under the age of 21 "are not developmentally mature enough" to posses and use cell phones safely. The bill cites fatal car crash and bullying among teens as reasons for the proposed legislation.

"The use of cell phones while driving is one of the leading killers of teenagers in the United States," according to the bill (PDF). "Young people frequently use cell phones to bully and threaten other young people, activities that have been linked to many suicides."

A Vermont senator proposed a ban on cell phones for anyone under 21. He says they're more dangerous than guns

  A Vermont senator proposed a ban on cell phones for anyone under 21. He says they're more dangerous than guns A Vermont state senator has proposed a total ban on cellphones for anyone under 21 years old. © ShutterstockDemocratic Sen. John Rodgers proposed a bill that would effectively ban cellphone use and possession for residents under 21 because, he told CNN, "cellphones are just as dangerous as guns." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); He knows it won't make it past the judiciary committee. "I'm not going to push for the bill to pass," he said. "I wouldn't vote for the thing.

Various laws in the United States regulate the use of mobile phones and other electronics by motorists. Different states take different approaches.

Starting next month, no one younger than 21 will be allowed to buy a semi-automatic centerfire rifle from any of Sunnyvale’s five gun shops. Anthony Portantino, for example, is pushing a bill that would not only raise the minimum age for firearms purchases but would also ban anyone from buying more

The bill would make possession or use of a cell phone by anyone under 21 punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The bill says that if those under 21 "aren't mature enough" to possess guns, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, then the same rule should apply to cell phone use. In recent years, the state has passed laws raising the minimum smoking age to 21 and prohibiting the sale of firearms to anyone under 21.

a group of people sitting on a bench in front of a building: A Vermont lawmaker has proposed a ban on people under 21 from owning or using a cell phone.© Leo Patrizi/Getty Images

A Vermont lawmaker has proposed a ban on people under 21 from owning or using a cell phone.

No state legislates a minimum age for cell phone ownership, but 38 states prohibit any use of cell phones by teens behind the wheel of a car.

Rodgers, a strong supporter of gun rights, told the Times Argus that he introduced the bill to make a point about firearms, saying the Legislature "seems bent on taking away our Second Amendment rights."

"I have no delusions that it's going to pass. I wouldn't probably vote for it myself," he told the newspaper.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott endorses Bill Weld for Republican presidential nomination .
“I've met with him before, I think a lot of him and his platform so I would be supporting him,” Phil Scott said. In a press conference, first reported by Vermont's WPTZ, Scott announced his decision to back the fellow Republican and former Massachusetts governor.

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