This year's attempt to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving appears to have hit a road block in the Louisiana Senate Transportation Committee. After a lengthy debate, the panel voted 2-1 against the measure likely killing it for the session.

New Orleans Representative Austin Badon's bill would make it a primary offense to hold a phone up to your ear while driving. Badon says his bill would not ban the use of talking on a phone while driving, you would just have to use a hands-free device such as a bluetooth.

Perhaps committee members didn't want to go on record voting for OR against the bill. They trickled out  during testimony--leaving just three members to vote.