SYNOPSIS: Cell phone use while driving. Makes it a Class D infraction for a person less than 18 years of age to operate a motor vehicle while using a hand held mobile telephone. Exempts: (1) a person who uses a mobile telephone in an emergency situation; (2) the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle; (3) the operator of a medical services vehicle; and (4) a volunteer firefighter and certain emergency services professionals en route to the scene of an emergency.
OPPOSE: This legislation would prohibit motor vehicle operators less than 18 years of age from using a hand-held cell phone. A major problem of this legislation is the enforcement aspect. Does this give law enforcement carte blanche in stopping a vehicle? What about the 50-year old SUV driver on narrow streets on a hand-held device? At some point in this process, it's incumbent upon the parents to exercise authority over the situation. Such an unenforceable law should not be left in the hands of the police.
STATUS: Authored by Sens. Kruse and Mishler, referred to Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation & Veterans Affairs.