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Vermont bill would ban cell phone use for anyone under 21

Vermont bill would ban cell phone use for anyone under 21

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 09, 2020 02:21 PM
Created: January 09, 2020 01:20 PM

A Vermont state senator wants to ban on cell phone use for anyone under 21.

According to WPTZ, Democratic Senator John Rodgers says the phones are a big factor in teenage driving deaths, but can also lead to bullying and radicalization.

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"In light of the dangerous and life-threatening consequences of cellphone use by young people, it is clear that persons under 21 years of age are not developmentally mature enough to safely possess them, just as the General Assembly has concluded that persons under 21 years of age are not mature enough to possess firearms, smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol," the bill reads.

However, the senator admits he doesn't expect it to pass. In fact, he even admits he probably wouldn't vote for it himself.

Vermont raised the age of purchasing firearms to 21 in 2018 and tobacco in 2019.

You can read the full bill here.


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