Arkansas: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell, text messaging update: A bid to stop handheld communications device use by all drivers in Arkansas fell short in a House Committee on Feb. 24. The legislation from state Rep. David Fielding went down to defeat in an 11-7 vote. Legislators voiced concerns about constituent anger over limiting cell phone use and "personal rights." The bill might be revived, supporters said after the vote. The plan would have allowed police to stop and cite violators (primary enforcement) and came with fines from $50 to $200. A coalition of Central Arkansas law officers says distracted driving is the key … [Read more...]

North Dakota: Cell phone laws, legislation

Latest cell/texting news: A North Dakota woman has been charged with homicide after she allegedly hit an SUV and killed one of its passengers while using social media. The 20-year-old was checking photos on Facebook at the time she slammed into the SUV on Interstate 29, police said after searching her cell phone. Abby Sletten, 20, was charged Sept. 3, 2014, with negligent homicide in the May 27 death of the passenger, an 89-year old woman from Minnesota. North Dakota's first distracted driving laws went into effect Aug. 1, 2011, with text messaging prohibited for all drivers. Primary … [Read more...]

New Mexico: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell phone, text messaging legislation news: State Sen. Steven Neville seeks to quadruple fines for violators of the state's electronic distracted driving laws. His Senate Bill 55 of 2017 proposes fines of $100 for a first offense, then $200 -- up from $25 and $50. All drivers are barred from texting in New Mexico. Commercial drivers would pay the same fines for any use of handheld communications devices. New Mexico's texting & driving law outlaws typing on handheld mobile devices and use of web sites. Cell phone calls remain legal, except for drivers of commercial vehicles (via 2016 law). … [Read more...]

Iowa: Cell phone laws, legislation

Distracted driving news: Gov. Terry Branstad again is asking the public to join him in "demanding real change" in Iowa's distracted driving laws. "Modern technologies should come with new responsibilities," Branstad said in his state of the state address in mid-January. The governor's office reportedly is working on a bill for 2017 that would address enforcement and penalties for distracted and impaired drivers. State Rep. Curt Hanson and state Sen. Tod Bowman have prefiled legislation for 2017 that would make violators of the state's texting & driving law subject to primary enforcement. … [Read more...]

Hawaii: cell phone laws, legislation

Cell phone, text messaging news: Law officers across Hawaii wrote more than 11,000 distracted driving tickets in 2014. Hawaii's distracted driving law saw a set of changes go into effect July 1, 2014, with a base fine of $250 the headline item. The Legislature also made violations in school zone or construction areas subject to a $300 fine. Previously a first-time violation cost $100 while subsequent offenses within a year crept up to $300. The revised Hawaiian distracted driving law also makes clear that drivers temporarily stopped for red lights or stop signs cannot use handheld … [Read more...]