Handheld personal communications devices; unlawful to use on school property or crossing, etc. (SB981)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

School zones; use of certain devices by drivers prohibited. Provides that any person who operates a moving motor vehicle within a school zone or school crossing zone while using any handheld personal communications device in any manner for any purpose is guilty of a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $250. The bill also provides that signs marking school zones shall contain a notice indicating that the use of handheld personal communications devices is prohibited within the zones. Read the Bill »

Status

02/15/2013: Merged into SB1222

History

  • 01/08/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13
  • 01/08/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103147D
  • 01/08/2013 Referred to Committee on Transportation
  • 01/29/2013 Impact statement from DPB (SB981)
  • 01/30/2013 Reported from Transportation with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/30/2013 Committee substitute printed 13104290D-S1
  • 02/01/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/04/2013 Read second time
  • 02/04/2013 Reading of substitute waived
  • 02/04/2013 Committee substitute agreed to 13104290D-S1
  • 02/04/2013 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB981S1
  • 02/04/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/04/2013 Passed Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/06/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/06/2013 Read first time
  • 02/06/2013 Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
  • 02/06/2013 Assigned MPPS sub: #2
  • 02/07/2013 Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/08/2013 Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety
  • 02/08/2013 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/08/2013 Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
  • 02/13/2013 Subcommittee recommends incorporating (SB1222-Norment)
  • 02/15/2013 Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1222-Norment)

Comments

Paul Smith writes:

Is this a real problem? If so, where are the statistics to show that this is an issue and not another grab at freedoms in the name of imagined security. Should we also ban changing your radio station / CD / 8track / ipod track? Or is this useless legislation to solve a non-existant problem?