Arkansas: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell, text messaging update: State Sen. Will Bond has proposed a pair of bills for 2017 that would add serious penalties for distracted drivers who injure or kill others. His Senate Bill 144 would bring additional fines of between $150 and $5,000 as well as loss of license for a year. "We're trying to bring to light how dangerous this conduct is," Bond says. Convictions under Arkansas' texting & driving law are averaging about 300 per year, state records show. Jonesboro District Court had the most offenses followed by Conway District Court, the Democrat-Gazette reported in late January … [Read more...]

North Dakota: Cell phone laws, legislation

Latest cell/texting news: State Rep. Corey Mock has filed legislation that would repeal the state's texting & driving law and replace it with general distracted driving wording. The unusual legislation would bar drivers from doing anything with their sight not directly related to operation of the vehicle. Various exemptions include built-in accessories, navigation and voice-operated devices. Rep. Lawrence Klemin, father of the 2011 texting measure, says it's "a good law" as is. North Dakota's first distracted driving laws went into effect Aug. 1, 2011, with text messaging prohibited for … [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 SB 55 was approved by the Senate in mid-February and moves on to the House. The measure proposes fines of $100 for a first offense, then $200 -- up from $25 and $50. An opponent called the proposed fines "extravagant" and "crazy." 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). "There is no … [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. Lawmakers have three plans before them in 2017 that would outlaw the use of handheld cell phones while driving, and three that would remove the secondary enforcement limit on texting violations. Branstad later said he was in support of a handheld device ban for all drivers. State Rep. Curt Hanson and Sen. Tod Bowman filed … [Read more...]

Hawaii: cell phone laws, legislation

Cell phone, text messaging news: State Sen. Lorraine Inouye and Rep. Henry Aquino have filed 2017 legislation seeking to increase the fine for electronic distracted driving in Hawaii. The plans, backed by the state Department of Transportation, seek fines of $750 for violations and $900 for offenses in school zones or construction work areas. In mid-February, the plan advanced in the Senate but was deferred in the House. Fines under Hawaii's distracted driving laws last increased in July 2014, with a base fine of $250 the headline item. The Legislature also made violations in school zone or … [Read more...]