Senate Bill 0018
DIGEST OF SB18 (Updated February 17, 2011 4:59 pm - DI 84)
Handheld communication devices while driving. Provides that it is a Class C infraction for a person to use a telecommunications device to type, transmit, or read a text message or electronic mail message while operating a moving motor vehicle, with certain exceptions. Allows a person to use hands free or voice operated technology to transmit a text message or electronic mail message 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 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 the violation.
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