Senate shoots down cell phone bill

Cheyenne, Wyo – Wyoming drivers would be prohibited from sending text messages while behind the wheel under a bill that received preliminary approval in the Senate.

However, the Senate voted not to approve a parallel bill that would have prohibited beginning drivers from talking on cell phones.

Sen. Floyd Esquibel, D-Cheyenne, sponsored both bills. He says recent studies have shown that drivers who are talking on a cell phone show the same types of bad driving behavior as people who are impaired by alcohol.

Esquibel says he hopes the Legislature will address the issue of banning drivers from using cell phones during the interim.