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SB19-012

Use Of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving

Concerning the use of mobile electronic devices while driving, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2019 Regular Session
Subject:
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Current law prohibits the use of wireless telephones while driving for individuals who are younger than 18 years of age. The bill:

  • Extends the prohibition to drivers of all ages;
  • Extends the existing prohibition of the use of wireless telephones to include all mobile electronic devices;
  • Establishes the penalties as $50 and 2 points for a first violation, $100 and 2 points for a second violation, $200 and 4 points for a third or subsequent violation, and $300 and 4 points if the violation involves text messaging;
  • Creates an exception to the prohibition of the use of mobile electronic devices for adult drivers who use a mobile electronic device while a hands-free accessory is engaged; and
  • Repeals a sentence enhancement for a violation that causes bodily injury or death.

Appropriates $7,425 to the department of revenue to implement the bill.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Lost

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. L. Court
Rep. J. Melton

Sponsor

Co-sponsor

Sen. J. Ginal, Sen. K. Priola, Sen. J. Tate, Sen. N. Todd

Pursuant to HJR20-1007, the Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly is Temporarily Adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020. 

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