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H 729 - Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (30-4) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits individuals from manually preparing and transmitting written communications using a handheld wireless device while operating a motor vehicle.

Highlights:
-Exempts an individual from the prohibition against text messaging while driving if he or she is driving a law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical vehicle while engaging in the course and scope of his or her duties (Secs. 1 & 3). -Exempts an individual from the prohibition against text messaging if he or she is using a voice-operated or hands free device that allows the user to review, prepare, and transmit a text message without the use of either hand other than to activate, deactivate, or initiate a feature or function or to dial a telephone number (Sec. 1). -Classifies a violation of the prohibition against text messaging while driving as an infraction, punishable by a $50 fine for the first violation, and a $100 fine for the second and subsequent violation, provided there was no property damage or injury to any individual (Sec. 3). -Classifies a violation of the prohibition against text messaging while driving in which there was either property damage or injury to any individual as a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $300, 90 day imprisonment, or both fine and imprisonment (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (51-16) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits individuals from manually preparing and transmitting written communications using a handheld wireless device while operating a motor vehicle.

Highlights:
-Exempts an individual from the prohibition against text messaging while driving if he or she is driving a law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical vehicle while engaging in the course and scope of his or her duties (Secs. 1 & 3). -Exempts an individual from the prohibition against text messaging if he or she is using a voice-operated or hands free device that allows the user to review, prepare, and transmit a text message without the use of either hand other than to activate, deactivate, or initiate a feature or function or to dial a telephone number (Sec. 1). -Classifies a violation of the prohibition against text messaging while driving as an infraction, punishable by a $50 fine for the first violation, and a $100 fine for the second and subsequent violation (Sec. 3).

Committee Sponsors

Sponsors

  • Stephen A. 'Steve' Kren Jr. (ID - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John T. McGee (ID - R) (Out Of Office)

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