SB 821
Applies ban on using cell phones related to text messaging while driving to all drivers
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Last Action:
2/10/2016 - Hearing Conducted S Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2016

Current Bill Summary

SB 821 - Currently, only drivers under the age of 22 and drivers of commercial motor vehicles are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones to send, read, or write text messages or electronic messages. This act applies the ban on use of hand-held cell phones to all drivers for the purposes of sending, reading, or writing text messages. Cell phones are permitted to be used by drivers in a hands-free voice activated mode.

This act is identical to SB 274 (2015) and HB 1964 (2014), and is similar to HB 1542 (2016), HB 1544 (2016), HB 1671 (2016), HB 1377 (2016), HB 1423 (2016), HB 1986 (2016), SB 569 (2016), SB 1015 (2016), SB 3 (2015), and SB 840 (2014).