First Substitute S.B. 253
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending handheld wireless communication
10 device provisions.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . amends and repeals definitions;
14 . amends the list of activities taking place within a vehicle during a moving traffic
15 violation that constitute careless driving;
16 . amends the devices that are included as examples of a handheld wireless
17 communication device;
18 . amends the exceptions to the prohibition on using a handheld wireless
19 communication device; and
20 . makes technical corrections.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 41-6a-1715 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 157
28 41-6a-1716 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 193
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 41-6a-1715 is amended to read:
32 41-6a-1715. Careless driving defined and prohibited.
33 (1) A person operating a motor vehicle is guilty of careless driving if the person:
34 (a) commits two or more moving traffic violations under this chapter in a series of acts
35 within a single continuous period of driving covering three miles or less in total distance; or
36 (b) commits a moving traffic violation under this chapter other than a moving traffic
37 violation under Part 6, Speed Restrictions, while being distracted by one or more activities
38 taking place within the vehicle that are not related to the operation of a motor vehicle,
44 (2) A violation of this section is a class C misdemeanor.
45 (3) In addition to the penalty provided under this section or any other section, a judge
46 may order the revocation of the convicted person's driver license if the violation causes or
47 results in the death of another person in accordance with Subsection 53-3-218 (6).
48 Section 2. Section 41-6a-1716 is amended to read:
49 41-6a-1716. Prohibition on using a handheld wireless communication device
50 while operating a moving motor vehicle -- Exceptions -- Penalties.
51 (1) As used in this section:
52 (a) [
53 the transfer of information without the use of electrical conductors or wires.
66 (iii) laptop; or
67 (iv) any substantially similar communications device that is readily removable from the
68 vehicle and is used to write, send, or read text or data through manual input.
69 (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person may not use a handheld wireless
70 communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway in this state to
72 (a) write, send, or read a written communication, including;
79 (ii) an instant message; or
80 (iii) electronic mail;
81 (b) dial a phone number;
82 (c) access the Internet;
83 (d) view or record video; or
84 (e) enter data into a handheld wireless communication device.
85 (3) Subsection (2) does not prohibit a person from using a handheld wireless
86 communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle:
90 (a) when using a handheld communication device for voice communication;
91 (b) to view a global positioning or navigation device or application;
92 (c) during a medical emergency;
93 (d) when reporting a safety hazard or requesting assistance relating to a safety hazard;
94 (e) when reporting criminal activity or requesting assistance relating to a criminal
98 within the course and scope of the law enforcement officer's or emergency service personnel's
99 employment; or
101 (i) hands-free or voice operated technology; or
102 (ii) a system that is physically or electronically integrated into the motor vehicle.
103 (4) A person convicted of a violation of this section is guilty of a:
104 (a) class C misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $100; or
105 (b) class B misdemeanor if the person:
106 (i) has also inflicted serious bodily injury upon another as a proximate result of using a
107 handheld wireless communication device for text messaging or electronic mail communication
108 while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway in this state; or
109 (ii) has a prior conviction under this section, that is within three years of:
110 (A) the current conviction under this section; or
111 (B) the commission of the offense upon which the current conviction is based.
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