Bill raises texting while driving to primary offense

After some emotional testimony, the House Transportation Committee approved a bill that makes texting while driving a primary offense.

HB1169 would make using an electronic device while driving a primary rather than secondary offense. Currently drivers can’t be stopped for texting while driving, but can be ticketed if they are found to be in violation of another law.

Exceptions in the bill allow the use of electronic devices by law enforcement and other emergency services, texting 911 in an emergency and entering a phone number to make a call.


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