Cooper: Mobile phone bill not dialed in

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When a driver on a cellphone cuts in front of you or delays traffic while jabbering away, you wonder if state Sen. Jim Tracy isn't right for introducing a bill that outlaws using a mobile phone with your hands while driving. When your child's school calls to tell you he or she has broken an arm or when your boss calls you to tell you the meeting you're heading toward has been canceled, you are sure Tracy's not right.

In truth, the senator's bill is not out to eliminate the use of mobile phones while driving but to ensure what are used are hands-free devices. The problem is most cars aren't equipped with hands-free devices, although accessories are available, and all cellphones aren't capable of hands-free use.

According to Tennessee state statistics, distracted driving deaths have more than doubled since 2006.