What exactly does this law do?
The law prohibits the use of a hand held cell phone while driving, drivers still can use their phones in hands-free or voice activated mode, which may include a headset.
What is the penalty for disobeying the new law?
A person who violates the new law will be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.
Is it a moving violation to use a hand held phone while driving?
A first offense for driving while using an electronic communication device will not be considered a moving violation. However, subsequent offenses will be considered a moving violation and will be recorded on one’s driving record.
Can law enforcement officers stop you for using a hand held phone?
The new hand held cell phone ban is a primary stop offense, which means that a driver can be stopped without any other violation.
There are some exceptions listed HERE.