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SB 321 - Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (125-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits individuals from the using a handheld telephone or messaging device while operating a motor vehicle beginning October 1, 2010.

Highlights:
-Exempts individuals from the prohibition against handheld telephone use while driving if the a call is being made to any of the following (Sec. 1):
    -9-1-1 system; -Hospital; -Ambulance service provider; -Fire department; -Law enforcement agency; or -First aid squad.
-Exempts law enforcement personnel and emergency personnel from the prohibition against handheld telephone use while driving, provided they are acting within the scope of their official duty (Sec. 1). -Establishes the following penalties for violating the prohibition against handheld telephone use while driving (Sec. 1):
    -A fine of up to $40 for the first offense; and -A fine of up to $100 for the second or subsequent offense.
-Specifies that points may not be assessed for violating the prohibition against handheld telephone use while driving, unless the offense contributed to an accident (Sec. 1). -Specifies that a police officer may enforce this action only as a secondary action when the officer detains a driver for a suspicion of a second violation (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (24-23) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits individuals from the using a handheld telephone or messaging device while operating a motor vehicle beginning October 1, 2010.

Highlights:
-Exempts individuals from the prohibition against handheld telephone use while driving if the a call is being made to any of the following (Sec. 1):
    -9-1-1 system; -Hospital; -Ambulance service provider; -Fire department; -Law enforcement agency; or -First aid squad.
-Exempts law enforcement personnel and emergency personnel from the prohibition against handheld telephone use while driving, provided they are acting within the scope of their official duty (Sec. 1). -Establishes the following penalties for violating the prohibition against handheld telephone use while driving (Sec. 1):
    -A fine of up to $40 for the first offense; and -A fine of up to $100 for the second or subsequent offense.
-Specifies that points may not be assessed for violating the prohibition against handheld telephone use while driving, unless the offense contributed to an accident (Sec. 1). -Specifies that a police officer may enforce this action only as a secondary action when the officer detains a driver for a suspicion of a second violation (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibiting Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving

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