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§289.1.  Cellular telephone use; certain drivers prohibited; exceptions; penalties

A.  Except in a driver emergency and as provided in Subsection B of this Section, any person, regardless of age, issued a first driver's license from this state shall be prohibited from using a cellular telephone for any purpose while operating a motor vehicle for a period of one year commencing from the date of issuance of his first driver's license.  The date of the original issuance shall be indicated on the reverse of the license.  However, this prohibition shall not apply to any person who was previously licensed to drive in another jurisdiction.

B.  The provisions of this Section shall not apply in any of the following circumstances:

(1)  A person contacting a public safety entity.

(2)  A person in a parked motor vehicle.

(3)  Emergency response personnel while in the performance of their duty, including firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, and law enforcement or peace officers.

(4)  The use of citizens band radios, citizens band radio hybrids, commercial two-way radio communication devices, or electronic communication devices with a push-to-talk function.

C.  A first offense violation of the provisions of this Section shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars or by sentence of sixteen hours of community service, or both.  For each subsequent offense, the offender shall be punished by a fine of two hundred fifty dollars or by sentence of twenty-four hours of community service, or both.

D.  Any violation of this Section shall constitute a non-moving violation and shall be a secondary offense and a driver may be cited only if stopped for a moving violation.

E.  If the person is involved in an accident at the time of the violation, then the law enforcement officer investigating the accident shall indicate on the written accident report that the person was using a wireless telecommunications device and such person shall be subject to a fine equal to double the amount of the standard fine imposed in this Section.

Acts 2008, No. 667, §1, eff. April 1, 2010; Acts 2009 No. 224, §5, eff. June 1, 2009.

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