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Guide to the new cell phone law for drivers

By From staff reports

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


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