No, you cannot operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or texting or emailing on a wireless device, or while sending or reading data on such a device. This law was created to prevent car accidents resulting from texting while driving. Law enforcement officers can now stop motor vehicles and issue citations as a secondary…Details
The reporting of an emergency or criminal or suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities is one of the exceptions to this new law.
Yes, a driver can receive messages related to the operation or navigation of the motor vehicle, safety-related information, including emergency, traffic, or weather alerts, and data used primarily by the motor vehicle, or radio broadcasts.
Conducting wireless communication that does not require manual entry of text except to activate, deactivate, or initiate a feature or function is not a violation of this law. Additionally, conducting wireless communication that does not require the reading of text messages except to activate, deactivate, or initiate a feature or function is also allowed.
In the event of a crash resulting in death or personal injury, a user’s billing records for a wireless communications device, or the testimony of or written statements from appropriate authorities receiving such messages may be admissible as evidence in any proceeding to determine whether a violation of the law has been committed.
Generally, a violation of the law is punishable as a nonmoving violation. However, a person who commits a second or subsequent violation within 5 years after the date of a prior conviction for a violation of the law commits a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.
No, a motor vehicle that is stationary is not being operated and is therefore not subject to the prohibitions of this law.