Bill Summary for H 144 (2019-2020)

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May 3 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 144 (Public) Filed Thursday, February 21, 2019
AN ACT MAKING IT UNLAWFUL TO OPERATE A VEHICLE ON A PUBLIC STREET, HIGHWAY, OR PUBLIC VEHICULAR AREA WHILE ENGAGING IN DISTRACTED BEHAVIOR.
Intro. by Corbin, Torbett, Hardister, Pierce.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Deletes all provisions of the previous edition. Instead, enacts GS 20-137.3A to prohibit the operation of a motor vehicle on a public street, highway, or public vehicular area while using the person's hands to engage in distracted behavior that impairs or otherwise restricts the proper operation of the motor vehicle and results in operation that is careless, reckless, or heedless, under the then existing conditions. Specifies that use of a handheld mobile telephone and use of an electronic device is distracted behavior under the proposed law. Makes any violation of the law an infraction punishable by a $100 fine plus court costs. Prohibits insurance surcharges as a result of a violation. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2019. Requires law enforcement to issue only warning tickets for offenses committed within the six months immediately after the effective date of the act. Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.

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