SB 717 Creates the traffic offense of distracted driving
Sponsor: Stouffer
LR Number: 5556S.02I Fiscal Note available
Committee: Transportation
Last Action: 5/18/2012 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 717-Stouffer Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2012

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SB 717 - This act creates the traffic offense of distracted driving. Under the terms of the act, a person commits the offense of distracted driving if the person, while operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this state:

(1) Fails to give full time and attention to the operation of the motor vehicle;

(2) Fails to maintain a proper lookout while operating a motor vehicle; or

(3) Engages in any other activity which causes the operator to be distracted from the primary mission of driving such motor vehicle.

A person who violates the provisions of the act shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor, unless an accident is involved then it shall be a Class A misdemeanor.

STEPHEN WITTE