AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine House has voted overwhelmingly to reject bills calling for mandatory motorcycle helmets and banning the use of cell phones by most motor vehicle drivers.

Representatives voted 123-21 Tuesday to kill a bill requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets in Maine. Current Maine law requires motorcyclists under 18 years old to wear a helmet when driving or riding as a passenger.

After a brief debate, the House also rejected by a 104-38 vote a bill that would outlaw the use of handheld mobile phones by drivers.

Supporters, including the sponsor, Rep. Paulette Beaudoin, said it's easy to spot drivers who are on the phone because their cars drift all over the road. But opponents said Bowdoin's bill allows too many exceptions and Maine already has a distracted drivers law.

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