Status Summary

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Transportation on Feb 15th at 3:30 PM

Legislative Session

2017

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Farrell

Revises distracted driving provisions with regard to portable electronic devices by adding a new section that states a person who uses a personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway is guilty of a traffic infraction and must pay a fine. The bill has a definition section that includes a definition of driving  ["Driving" means to operate a motor vehicle on a public 11 highway, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays. "Driving" does not include when the vehicle has pulled over to the side of, or off of, an active roadway and has stopped in a location where it can safely remain stationary.], a definition of use or uses:  "Use" or "uses" means: (i) Holding a personal electronic device in either hand or both hands; (ii) Using your hand or finger to compose, send, read, view, access, browse, transmit, save, or retrieve email, text messages, instant messages, photographs, or other electronic data; however, this does not preclude the minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the device; (iii) Watching video on a personal electronic device.), and a definition of personal electronic device ("Personal electronic device" means any portable electronic device that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval and is not manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle. "Personal electronic device" includes, but is not limited to, a cell phone, tablet, laptop, two-way messaging device, or electronic game.).