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House Bill 1129

House Bill 1129

ARCHIVE (2011)

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DIGEST OF HB 1129 (Updated April 29, 2011 11:57 am - DI 96)

Use of telecommunications device while driving. Provides that it is a Class C infraction if a person uses a telecommunications device to type, transmit, or read a text message or an electronic mail message while operating a moving motor vehicle, but permits a person: (1) to use hands free or voice operated technology to transmit a text message or an electronic mail message; and (2) to call 911 to report an emergency; while operating a moving motor vehicle. Provides, for purposes of the prohibition against using a telecommunications device while operating a motor vehicle, that "telecommunications device" does not include: (1) amateur radio equipment operated by a person licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an amateur radio operator; or (2) a communications system installed in a commercial motor vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Prohibits a police officer from confiscating a telecommunications device for the purpose of determining compliance or confiscating a telecommunications device and retaining it as evidence pending trial for a violation. Repeals the current definition of "telecommunications device".
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