SB 860 Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving; penalty.
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Summary as introduced:
Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving; penalty. Expands the prohibition of using a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle to all communications unless the device is specifically designed to allow voice and hands-free operation and the device is being used in that manner. Current law prohibits only the reading of an email or text message and manually entering letters or text in the device as a means of communicating. The bill expands the exemptions to include handheld personal communications devices that are used for navigation or generating audio transmissions when the device is physically mounted to the vehicle. The bill provides that any violation of this prohibition that occurs concurrently with an additional traffic offense, or if the violation results in an accident, is punishable as reckless driving. Current law provides that a violation of this prohibition is punishable as a traffic infraction only.

Full text:
12/07/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100966D  pdf | impact statement
01/18/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed to LIS only 17104418D-S1  pdf

Status:
12/07/16  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100966D
12/07/16  Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/18/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed to LIS only 17104418D-S1
01/18/17  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Transportation (7-Y 6-N)