A Senate committee this morning endorsed bills to 1) prohibit texting while driving; 2)  ban cell phone use while driving for those under 18 and require hands-free only phone use up to 20; and 3)  to simply ban cell phone use while driving up to 18 but place no restrictions over that age. Sen. Kim Hendren’s bill to ban all but hands-free cell phones while driving for drivers of all ages failed to draw even a motion for approval.

Prediction: Arkansas will be among the last five states to approve the inevitable law to end cell phone use while driving. Additional research will continue to underscore existing findings that it’s as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.