Your days of having your cell phone in hand while driving in Iowa may be coming to an end.

There's currently a bill working its way through the Iowa Legislature in Des Moines that would make it illegal to make hand-held mobile calls in the state while behind the wheel.

Senate Study Bill 3016 was introduced this week and has already been passed by a subcommittee.

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This isn't the first time that a proposed law of this type has been debated by Iowa officials. Over the years, other hands-free bills have been approved by the senate, but failed to pass the house.

Iowa currently bans hand-held cell phone calls for novice drivers, drivers with instruction permits, as well as intermediate license and restricted license holders.

There is already a statewide ban on texting while behind the wheel for all drivers.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, hand-held cellphone use is currently banned in 27 states.

The latest national figures show that nearly 3,000 people were killed annually in crashes that involved a distracted driver, and an estimated additional 400,000 people were injured.

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