An Act To Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving
Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA §2116, as amended by PL 2015, c. 113, §§4 and 5, is further amended to read:
§ 2116. Use of mobile telephones and handheld electronic devices while operating motor vehicles prohibited
For the purposes of this paragraph, an adjudication has occurred within a 3-year period if the date of the new conduct is within 3 years of the date of a docket entry of adjudication of a violation of this section.
This bill prohibits a person from using a mobile telephone or handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle unless the mobile telephone or handheld electronic device allows for hands-free operation and the hands-free feature of the mobile telephone or electronic handheld device is in fact being used by a person 18 years of age or older or the mobile telephone or handheld electronic device is being used in order to communicate with law enforcement or emergency services personnel under emergency circumstances.
The bill retains the prohibition in current law against the use of a mobile telephone or handheld electronic device, both handheld and hands-free use, for a person who has been issued an intermediate driver's license or for a person under 18 years of age.
The bill provides that the penalty for a first offense of the prohibition against using a mobile telephone or handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is $75. The bill also provides that the penalty for a 2nd or subsequent offense within a 3-year period is $150.