32-26-47. Use of handheld electronic wireless communication device for text-based communication on highway prohibited--Exceptions--Violation as petty offense.
No person may operate a motor vehicle on a highway while using a handheld electronic wireless communication device to write, send, or read a text-based communication. This section does not apply to a person who is using a handheld electronic wireless communication device:
(1) While the vehicle is lawfully parked;
(2) To contact any emergency public safety answering point or dispatch center;
(3) To write, read, select, or enter a telephone number or name in an electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call; or
(4) When using voice operated or hands free technology.
State or local law enforcement agencies shall enforce this section as a secondary action. A violation of this section is a petty offense with a fine of one hundred dollars.
Source: SL 2014, ch 153, § 1.
Source: SL 2014, ch 153, § 1; SL 2020, ch 124, § 6.
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