Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving

Last updated: Mar 26, 2018

Details about this bill
Category: Miscellaneous
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Bill Diamond, Senate 26 - Cumberland County
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1089

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: This bill was vetoed and sustained.

UPDATE: This bill has passed the House and Senate. However, it has been placed on the Appropriations Table.

Summary:

This bill prohibits a person from using a mobile telephone or handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle unless the mobile telephone or handheld electronic device allows for hands-free operation and the hands-free feature of the mobile telephone or electronic handheld device is in fact being used by a person 18 years of age or older or the mobile telephone or handheld electronic device is being used in order to communicate with law enforcement or emergency services personnel under emergency circumstances.

The bill retains the prohibition in current law against the use of a mobile telephone or handheld electronic device, both handheld and hands-free use, for a person who has been issued an intermediate driver's license or for a person under 18 years of age.

The bill provides that the penalty for a first offense of the prohibition against using a mobile telephone or handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is $75. The bill also provides that the penalty for a 2nd or subsequent offense within a 3-year period is $150.