By Kim Kalunian, WPRO News
The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear multiple bills dealing with motor vehicles Thursday, including two that would crack down on cell phone use.
One bill would increase the fines for texting while driving from $85 to $500 to for a first conviction; fines for second-time offenders would jump from $100 to $1,000 and third-time offenders would be slapped with a $1,500 fine instead of the $125 fine now on the books.
The other bill would prohibit the use of non-hands-free cell phones while driving, except in the case of an emergency. Violators would be fined $100, but the fine would be suspended for first-time offenders who provide proof that they’ve obtained hands-free accessories.
Both bill are sponsored by Senator V. Susan Sosnowski (D- South Kinstown). Sosnowski was not immediately available for comment.
Other bills being heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday include proposals for more stringent drunk driving laws.