A Vermont State Senator has filed a bill that would ban the use of cellphones for anyone under 21 years of age, several reports say.
The bill filed by Vermont State Senator John Rodgers (Essex-Orleans) would make possession of a cellphone by those under 21 a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine, WPTZ NBC 5 reported.
Rodgers said he was spurred to file his bill because cellphone use is a large factor in automobile accident deaths for young people.
“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,” the Senator’s bill reads, “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.”
Still, Rodgers admitted that it would be an uphill battle to get the bill passed. He added that his purpose by introducing the bill was to start a conversation about what can be done to help limit the number of deaths due to cellphone use.
“It’s more to prove a point. If we’re going to allow 18-year-olds to vote and join the military and such, they should have all the rest of the rights,” Rodgers said according to WCAX.
“I have no delusions that it’s going to pass,” Rodgers added. “I wouldn’t probably vote for it myself.”
Rodgers also noted that cellphones are at the center of harassment, shaming, and radicalization for teens, too.
Several states have passed laws making it illegal to text while driving, but no state has gone so far as to ban cellphone use by young people.
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Mystery Drone Sightings Have Baffled Authorities in Colorado for Weeks on End
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After the Centennial State legalized the recreational use of marijuana back in 2012, any news of “strange phenomenon” in Colorado has been taken with a grain of salt from those outside its rugged confines.
Colorado was alway a wild place, known for its vast expanses of wilderness, soaring peaks, and hardy citizens. Those who make their home in this natural playground do so with a certain panache for self-sufficiency and wherewithal. Coloradans are not known for being fanciful, whimsical, or prone to exaggeration – no matter how much marijuana they sell throughout the state.
So when bizarre, nighttime drone formations began flying grid patterns over the state’s more remote locales, citizens began to take notice. Then, when authorities attempted to get to the bottom of the sightings, things took an awkward turn.
Concerned calls from residents worried about secret government spying and invasions of privacy prompted local sheriff’s departments to set up a task force this week, teaming with federal and state agencies to try and get to the bottom of the drone sightings.
So far, they’ve found nothing. Officials told ABC News their search has yielded zero evidence of suspicious drone activity.
Colorado even sent its high-tech surveillance plane airborne on Monday night. The Multi-Mission Aircraft, or MMA for short, normally tracks the spread of wildfires and is equipped with sensitive cameras and sensors that can see through smoke. The MMA flew a spaghetti-like pattern above northeast Colorado for nearly five hours.
“The MMA has the capability to detect heat signatures; it did not detect any suspicious heat signatures or drones related to the drone reportings during its flight,” said a Colorado Department of Public Safety statement on Thursday.
Despite all of these efforts, Colorado is no closer to determining where these aerial machines are coming from, who is operating them, or what their purpose is.
The fact that local authorities are baffled hasn’t helped the case either, with a great many conspiracy theories springing up in the intelligence vacuum created by the mystery.
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