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This bill prohibits drivers from using a handheld device while driving unless it is in hands-free mode. In order to use a mobile device, it must be affixed in a location that does not block the driver’s view of the road and the action performed can only necessitate one tap or swipe of a device by the driver.
If law enforcement encounters a driver using their handheld devices while driving, they can be fined $230 total for the first offense ($170 for the base fine and $60 in required fees) and $325 for a second offense.
Personal medical devices, CB radios, emergency phone calls to first responders in emergency circumstances, and handheld devices used by commercial or school bus drivers within the scope of their employment are exceptions to the rule. All other devices must be used in hands-free mode.
While the bill was passed with good intentions, hands-free laws have not been proven to reduce crash claims reported to insurers in the states that have implemented them. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety admitted that the best way to reduce crash risks is to further implement crash avoidance technology in vehicles.
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