Arkansas: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell, text messaging update: State Sen. Will Bond has proposed a trio of distracted driving bills for 2017. His SB 347, approved by the full Senate on March 13, hikes fines for texting & driving, and modernizes the existing texting law's language. The other bills would add serious penalties for distracted drivers who injure or kill others. "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 … [Read more...]

North Dakota: Cell phone laws, legislation

Latest cell/texting news: Drivers who commit offenses while distracted are subject to an additional $100 fine come Aug. 1. The unusual and somewhat vague law -- approved by the Legislature and governor in March -- would bar drivers from doing anything with their sight not directly related to operation of the vehicle. The offense, which is subject to secondary enforcement, is categorized as "failure to maintain control." The 2017 law essentially adds general distracted driving wording to the state's texting & driving statute. State Rep. Corey Mock's plan originally sought to repeal the … [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 … [Read more...]

Iowa: Cell phone laws, legislation

Distracted driving news: Iowa's heightened enforcement of its texting & driving law is now in effect. Police will no longer need another reason to stop and cite texting drivers. The revised statute also bars use of social media and general Internet browsing while behind the wheel. Gov. Terry Branstad has said he was disappointed the Legislative did not approve an overall handheld device ban. The new texting & driving rules sailed through the Legislature as Senate File 234 before receiving final approval by the governor. Almost 9 in 10 Iowans supported the upgrade, a February poll … [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...]