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HB 1848 Reckless driving; using a handheld personal communications device, penalty.

Introduced by: G. Manoli Loupassi | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Reckless driving; using a handheld communications device; penalty. Provides that driving while simultaneously using a handheld communications device for something other than verbal communication constitutes driving a motor vehicle that is not under proper control, punishable as reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, the more specific offense of "texting while driving" (repealed by this bill) incurs a $20 fine and is a secondary offense, which means that a law-enforcement officer must have cause to stop or detain a driver for some other violation, the primary offense, before issuing a citation for texting while driving, the secondary offense. This bill was incorporated into HB 1907.


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