By the overwhelming margin of 106-21, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a "hands-free" cellphone bill. This common-sense action has been endorsed by law enforcement and has been proven to save lives and reduce accidents in the many states where it has already been enacted. Too many people have already died due to distracted driving.

But despite the overwhelming evidence that this move will make driving on our roads safer for all of us, two of our representatives-Josh Heintzman and John Poston-chose to vote against the measure. It doesn't matter which party they belong to, there is no justifiable reason for their votes, no matter how they try to spin it. They have chosen not to put the safety of all of us, and the wishes of the great majority of the people they are supposed to represent, before their politics.

One more person dying or injured due to distracted driving is too many. Shame on them for their vote and for thinking that it would not be noticed.

Chuck Nelson

Brainerd