Arkansas: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell, text messaging update: A coalition of Central Arkansas law officers says distracted driving is the key issue affecting safety on the state's roads and highways. The Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement Group said in mid-September 2014: "All we are asking is that the motoring public be mindful of their driving, and if they have to answer or make that cell phone call or make or respond to that text message then pull over to the side of the road or in a parking lot." An act prohibiting use of handheld cell phones in school zones and highway work zones took effect Oct. 1, … [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

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Cell phone, text messaging legislation news: New Mexico's ban on text messaging while driving is now in full effect. Fines are $25 for a first offense, then $50. The distracted driving law, which became effective July 1, 2014, outlaws typing on handheld mobile devices and use of web sites. Cell phone calls remain legal. State police say they stopped and cited 55 motorists for violations as of mid-September. That includes a dozen warnings. Gov. Susana Martinez signed the Legislature's texting & driving act into law March 2. State Sen. Peter Wirth's plan sailed through the Legislature before … [Read more...]

Iowa: Cell phone laws, legislation

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Distracted driving news: The Senate approved state Sen. Tod Bowman's bill prohibiting most forms of wireless communications by drivers, but the House didn't respond as time elapsed on legislation for 2014. Bowman blamed House Speaker Kraig Paulsen for not pushing through the distracted driving measure as the "funnel" deadline for legislation came and went. SF 2289, as amended by Bowman, targeted "electronic communication" -- text messaging, viewing social media sites, emailing. But not cell phone calls. He cited "an epidemic of texting while driving" and sought primary enforcement, instead … [Read more...]

Hawaii: cell phone laws, legislation

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Cell phone, text messaging news: Hawaii's year-old distracted driving law saw a set of changes go into effect July 1, 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 electronic devices, but exempts those who are fully stopped. Offenses are now classified as … [Read more...]