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32-26-47Use 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.

Effective July 1, 2020


Source: SL 2014, ch 153, § 1; SL 2020, ch 124, § 6.

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