Bill Text: FL H0333 | 2010 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Use of Cellular Telephones

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Failed) 2010-04-30 - Died in Committee on Roads, Bridges, & Ports Policy (EDCA) [H0333 Detail]

Download: Florida-2010-H0333-Introduced.html
HB 333
A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to the use of cellular telephones;
3prohibiting the use of a cellular telephone while
4operating a motor vehicle except when using a headset or
5hands-free device; providing exemptions; providing a
6penalty; providing for enforcement only as a secondary
7offense; providing an effective date.
9Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
11 Section 1. Cellular telephones.--
12 (1) Except when using a headset pursuant to s. 316.304,
13Florida Statutes, or a hands-free device, a person may not
14operate a motor vehicle on a street or highway while dialing or
15sending a telephone call on a cellular telephone or while
16listening to or speaking on a cellular telephone, as defined in
17s. 817.4821, Florida Statutes.
18 (2) This section does not apply to:
19 (a) A law enforcement officer or an emergency vehicle
20operator using a cellular telephone in the line of duty;
21 (b) A person using a cellular telephone in order to report
22illegal activity;
23 (c) A person using a cellular telephone in order to summon
24medical or other emergency help; or
25 (d) A person using a cellular telephone in order to
26prevent injury or damage to a person or property.
27 (3) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic
28infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in
29chapter 318, Florida Statutes. However, this section may be
30enforced by a state or local law enforcement officer only as a
31secondary action when the operator of a motor vehicle has been
32detained for a suspected violation of any provision of chapter
33316, chapter 320, or chapter 322, Florida Statutes.
34 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.
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