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Wisniewski, who said the bill is modeled after New Hampshire’s law on negligent driving, said police can already pull drivers over for many of the behaviors that would be covered under the bill and write them up for careless or reckless driving. But, he said, police might be hesitant to cite those violations if they felt it might not stand up in court.
"If you create an offense of distracted driving, it’s pretty easy to define what distracted is: not watching the road," Wisniewski said.
Wisniewski said it makes more sense to create a wider category of distracted driving than legislate individual distractions as they arise as problems.