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Introduced House Bill (H)

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DIGEST

Use of an electronic device while driving. Creates the offense of "unlawful use of an electronic communications device". Provides that use of an electronic communications device to perform certain actions while operating a motor vehicle is a Class C infraction. Creates certain exemptions. Specifies that the offense may be enhanced to a: (1) Class A misdemeanor, if a person has two prior unrelated convictions for the offense within the past five years; (2) Level 6 felony, if the offense results in bodily injury to another person or the person has three prior unrelated convictions for the offense within the past Use of an electronic device while driving. Creates the offense of "unlawful use of an electronic communications device". Provides that use of an electronic communications device to perform certain actions while operating a motor vehicle is a Class C infraction. Creates certain exemptions. Specifies that the offense may be enhanced to a: (1) Class A misdemeanor, if a person has two prior unrelated convictions for the offense within the past five years; (2) Level 6 felony, if the offense results in bodily injury to another person or the person has three prior unrelated convictions for the offense within the past five years; (3) Level 5 felony, if the offense results in serious bodily injury to another person and the person has a prior unrelated conviction for the offense within the past five years or the offense results in the death of another person; or (4) Level 4 felony, if the offense results in the death of another person and the person has a prior unrelated conviction within the past five years. Provides that certain convictions for the offense of unlawful use of an electronic communications device may constitute a predicate offense for a habitual traffic violator determination. Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to develop and administer a distracted driving public education campaign. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments. ... View more