HB1617 (2020) Detail

Clarifying the prohibition against the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.


HB 1617-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2450

11/01

 

HOUSE BILL 1617-FN

 

AN ACT clarifying the prohibition against the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Gould, Hills. 7; Rep. Bushway, Rock. 21; Rep. Telerski, Hills. 35; Rep. Crawford, Carr. 4; Rep. Torosian, Rock. 14; Rep. Stapleton, Sull. 5; Sen. Chandley, Dist 11

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill clarifies the prohibition against using mobile electronic devices while driving and increases the penalties imposed for violations of such prohibition.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2450

11/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT clarifying the prohibition against the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Motor Vehicles; Words and Phrases Defined; Serious Traffic Violation.  Amend RSA 259:98-a, X to read as follows:

X.  Driving a commercial motor vehicle in violation of RSA [265:105-a] 265:79-c.

2  Motor Vehicles; Rules of the Road; Use of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving; Prohibition.  Amend RSA 265:79-c, III to read as follows:

III.  Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined $100 plus penalty assessment for a first offense, [$250 plus penalty assessment] and $300 for a second offense[, and $500 plus penalty assessment for any subsequent offense within a 24-month period].  The director shall suspend a person's license to drive for 30 days for any third or subsequent offense.

3  Repeal.  RSA 265:105-a, relative to prohibited text messages and device usage while operating a motor vehicle, is repealed.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

20-2450

12/5/19

 

HB 1617-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT clarifying the prohibition against the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Legislative Budget Assistant has determined that this legislation, as introduced, has a total fiscal impact of less than $10,000 in each of the fiscal years 2020 through 2023.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Safety

 

Links

HB1617 at GenCourtMobile
HB1617 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 18, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 26, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1617 Revision: 7259 Date: Dec. 6, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Transportation HJ 1 P. 29
Feb. 18, 2020 Public Hearing: 02/18/2020 10:30 am LOB 203
Feb. 26, 2020 Executive Session: 02/26/2020 10:00 am LOB 203