GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Senior Airman Nancy Foster, 17th Security Forces Squadron, imitates driving and talking on a cell phone without the proper use of hands free technology, March 14. A new Tennessee law bans the use of cell phones while driving. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving.

House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length.

Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill still must clear the Senate before it can go to the governor’s desk.

If approved, violators would face up to a $100 fine. That amount could go up to $200 if the violation results in an accident. The bill would take effect in 2020.

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia now prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cellphones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Georgia passed a similar law last year.

Currently, hand-held cellphone use is banned in Tennessee school zones.