Guide to the new cell phone law for drivers
What is illegal?
A new state law bans drivers from the following beginning July 1:
- Texting, which includes entering or reading text messages, e-mails, instant messages or other web-based text.
- Using an electronic communications device without hands-free technology for making phone calls, playing games or viewing images.
When can you be pulled over?
Police officers can pull over drivers for texting as a primary traffic offense beginning this July 1.
Also starting July 1, officers who have pulled over a driver for another primary offense can write that driver a ticket if he or she had been using a cellphone without hands-free technology. Starting July 1, 2013, that, too, will be enforced as a primary traffic offense.
What are the penalties?
Both offenses will carry fines of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $300 for the third and subsequent offenses.
Three points will be assessed against a driver's license for a third or subsequent offenses.
Source: House Judiciary Committee