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Lawmakers close to cell phone ban agreement

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa lawmakers are close to an agreement on a texting while driving ban.

A joint-cabinet conference committee has drafted a bill which would restrict all motorists from sending or reading text messages on the road.  It would also ban cell phone use for drivers younger than 18.

The bill will likely carry exceptions for truck drivers, bus drivers, and drivers of emergency vehicles.

Truck industry lobbyists say most drivers do not use cell phones while driving, instead they use on-board computers for directions and delivery instructions.

A final bill could be finished by Thursday.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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