Maine LD 246: An Act To Prohibit the Handling of a Mobile Telephone While Operating a Motor Vehicle

LD 246 (subjects: TRAFFIC REGULATIONS , CELL PHONE USE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=246&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Anne-Marie Mastraccio of Sanford: (D – District 18) — e-mail

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 House Committee on Transportation suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/3/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Collins of York, REFERRED to the Committee on Transportation, in concurrence.
3/12/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Prohibit the Handling of a Mobile Telephone While Operating a Motor Vehicle

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA 2120 is enacted to read:

2120. Handling mobile telephone while operating motor vehicle; prohibition

1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

A. “Mobile telephone” means a device used to access wireless telephone service.
B. “Handling” means manipulating, talking into or otherwise physically interacting with a mobile telephone.

2. Prohibition. A person may not operate a motor vehicle while handling a mobile telephone.
3. Penalty. The following penalties apply to violations of this section.

A. A person who violates this section commits a traffic infraction for which a fine of not less than $50 may be adjudged.
B. A person who violates this section after having been previously adjudicated as violating this section commits a traffic infraction for which a fine of not less than $250 may be adjudged.

4. Exceptions. This section does not apply to the following persons operating a motor vehicle within the scope of their employment:

A. Drivers of authorized emergency vehicles, as defined in section 2054, subsection 1, paragraph B;
B. Physicians;
C. Holders of commercial driver’s licenses; and
D. Municipal public works personnel, Maine Turnpike Authority personnel and state transportation personnel, including all employees and contractors of the department.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits operating a motor vehicle while handling a mobile telephone. The bill allows certain people to handle mobile telephones while driving within the scope of their employment, including drivers of authorized emergency vehicles, holders of commercial driver’s licenses, physicians, municipal public works personnel, Maine Turnpike Authority personnel and state transportation personnel, including all employees and contractors of the Department of Transportation. The bill makes the offense a traffic infraction.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 246 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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