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.)