SB 165 Applies ban on using cell phones for text messaging while driving a motor vehicle to all drivers
Sponsor: Schupp
LR Number: 0309S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety
Last Action: 1/11/2017 - Second Read and Referred S Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Journal Page: S108
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Effective Date: August 28, 2017

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Current Bill Summary

SB 165 – 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 821 (2016), 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).