TO MAKE THE USE OF A MOBILE PHONE WHEN INVOLVED IN A REPORTABLE CRASH RESULTING IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY AN AGGRAVATING FACTOR IN SENTENCING FOR THE UNDERLYING OFFENSE COMMITTED WHICH RESULTED IN THE REPORTABLE CRASH.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Rewrites proposed GS 20-137.4B to provide that the trier of fact may infer that the use of a mobile phone or additional technology, as defined in GS 20-137.3, was a proximate cause of the reportable crash in any civil action for damages resulting from the crash (previous edition made use of a mobile phone or additional technology an aggravating factor). Makes a conforming change to the bill title. Effective October 1, 2011 (was, December 1, 2011), and applies to causes of action arising on or after that date.
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