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HB 10 - Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (35-30) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits the use of a mobile communications device by a driver of a motor vehicle and establishes a $25 misdemeanor penalty for violations.

Highlights:
-Prohibits the use of a mobile communication device by a driver except in the following circumstances (Sec. 4):
    -If the driver reasonably believes there is no other person in the vehicle capable of calling to report illegal activity, call for help or to prevent injury to a person or property; -In an authorized emergency or law enforcement motor vehicle if required; -When the device is permanently affixed to a motor vehicle and used by a motor carrier, public utility or cooperative pursuant to the Rural Electric Cooperative Act; -If the driver is operating an amateur radio and holds a valid amateur radio operator license; -If the driver is operating a two-way radio within the rules of the Federal Communications Commission; -While the motor vehicle is legally parked; -When using hands-free equipment; or -If driving a vehicle used for public or school transportation during business hours if required by the public or school transportation system.
-Defines a 'mobile communication device' as any wireless, two-way communication device that receives or transmits voice, text or pictures (Sec. 4). -Establishes a penalty of $25 for the prohibited use of a mobile communication device (Sec. 5). -Establishes a $2 interlock device fee to be collected upon conviction from persons convicted of operating a motor vehicle in violation of the Motor Vehicle Code, convicted of a crime constituting a misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor, or convicted of violating any ordinance punishable by a term of imprisonment (Sec. 1). -This bill takes effect immediately (Sec. 8). -This is a substitute bill sponsored by the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving

Sponsors

  • Mary Jane M. Garcia (NM - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Antonio Lujan (NM - D) (Out Of Office)
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