Time ticking for new cell phone law

Just a reminder, SB140 (Senate Bill 140) texting or talking on a handheld cell phone will go into effect October 1 .  Officers will give verbal warnings (the education process) from Oct. 1 through December 31, and then citations will be issued beginning Jan 1st .

After January 1, fines will be $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense, and $250 for the third offense.

Remember this is a primary violation, so law enforcement can stop you solely on this.  Just like speeding, following to close, running a stop sign, etc.

The law states that you cannot manually type or enter text into a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device.

It also states that you cannot use a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device to engage in voice communications with another person, unless the device is used with an accessory which allows the person to communicate without using his or her hands.

EXEMPTION:

  • A person who is reporting a medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity or who is requesting assistance relating to a medical emergency.
  • A paid or volunteer firefighter, law enforcement officer, emergency medical technician, ambulance attendant or other person trained to provide emergency medical services who is acting within the course and scope of his or her employment.

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