20-HB2290/SB1751 Hulsey/ Lundberg

Bill Description

Under this bill, it will be a Class C misdemeanor punishable only by a fine of up to $50.00, plus court costs not to exceed $10.00, for:
(1) Any person to use a hand-held mobile telephone or a hand-held personal digital assistant to transmit or read a written message while driving; provided, that it is not a violation if the driver reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in a hand-held mobile telephone or a personal digital assistant for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call or if the driver uses a hands-free device to transmit or read a written message on a mobile telephone or personal digital assistant;
(2) A person under 18 years of age to knowingly use a mobile telephone or personal digital assistant to transmit or read a written message while driving, regardless of whether such item is equipped with a hands-free device;
(3) Any person to talk on a hand-held mobile telephone while driving in a school zone where flashers are in operation and the vehicle is in motion; provided, that it is not a violation if the driver is talking on a mobile telephone that is equipped with a hands-free device; and
(4) A person under 18 years of age to knowingly talk on a hand-held mobile telephone while driving in a school zone where flashers are in operation and the vehicle is in motion regardless of whether the telephone is equipped with a hands-free device.
A traffic citation that is based solely upon a violation of (1) or (2) is a moving traffic violation. A traffic citation that is based solely upon a violation of (3) or (4) is a nonmoving traffic violation and no points will be added to a driver record for the violation.
This bill requires that the department of transportation utilize the department's permanent electronic overhead informational displays located throughout this state to provide periodic messages to the motoring public as to the prohibition against texting and driving.
The persons described in (1)-(5) of the Present Law part of this Summary will remain exempt from the prohibitions in this bill.

TLRC Position

We support the bill but are not scoring it, rather crediting the sponsors for leadership.

TLRC Observed Process

Failed in Senate Transportation and Safety Committee 2/26/2020
Voting aye were: Niceley, Pody, Stevens — 3.
Voting no were: Bowling, Briggs, Gilmore, Massey, Swann — 5.

Having failed in the senate committee, it was not taken up in the house.

Vote Result: Committee Only

Score: +5

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