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Lawmakers Seek Text Messaging Ban

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State lawmakers are revisiting the possibility of banning cell phone use while driving.

A bill coming out of the legislature's transportation committee bars drivers from using cell phones unless they have hands-free devices.

The bill would also ban pagers and other electronics, but would still allow drivers to use GPS devices.

Though similar efforts have failed in recent years, some lawmakers say the bill may gain traction after a 13-year-old boy walking in Taunton was killed last month by a driver who allegedly crashed while he was trying to send a text message.

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