Iowa’s efforts to reduce distracted driving took a big step forward recently as SF547, the bill on hands-free driving, passed the House Transportation Subcommittee. This milestone is thanks to the tireless efforts of Rep. Best, who chaired the committee and managed the bill.

During the subcommittee meeting, several families and survivors of distracted driving crashes testified about the importance of this legislation. They spoke about the devastating impact that distracted driving has had on their lives and urged the committee members to support SF547.

Their emotional testimony was heard, and the committee voted in favor of the bill, recognizing the urgent need to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents in Iowa. This was a crucial victory for the safety of all road users in the state.

The SF547 bill aims to reduce the number of distracted driving incidents by prohibiting the use of hand-held devices while driving. The bill would also require drivers to use hands-free technology when making phone calls, sending text messages, or using other electronic devices while driving.

The passage of SF547 by the House Transportation Subcommittee is a huge step forward, but there is still more work to be done. The bill will now move on to the full House of Representatives for consideration, where it will need to pass before it can become law.

Advocates for hands-free driving are encouraged to continue their efforts in support of the bill. Your voice can make a difference in making Iowa’s roads safer for everyone. Stay informed about the latest updates on SF547 and continue to reach out to your representatives to show your support for this important legislation.

Let’s work together to make distracted driving a thing of the past and create safer roads for all Iowans. Visit to contact your legislator.