Let’s face it – deep down inside, we all know that using a hand-held cellphone while we are driving is dangerous.

The scientific evidence is in and the verdict is unanimous: In terms of its effect on our ability to concentrate, the practice is the equivalent of driving with a .08 blood alcohol level.

In Maine alone, accident reports show that over 2,000 collisions last year involved driver distraction – primarily cellphones. Yet we continue to use them.

I am one of the worst offenders. But collectively, we must look in the mirror and agree to stop. Too many people are being hurt and even killed by the practice.

On Friday at 9 a.m., the Legislature’s Transportation Committee will consider L.D. 185, my bill to prohibit this and make it a traffic infraction. I hope many people will consider appearing and voicing their opinion.

Sen. Roger Katz