Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1446

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 9-13-2-103.3 ; IC 9-21-8.

Synopsis: Prohibition of mobile telephone use. Provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle and simultaneously uses a mobile telephone commits a Class D infraction. Creates exceptions for: (1) a person who uses a mobile telephone for not more than thirty (30) seconds to answer an incoming call; (2) an authorized emergency vehicle; (3) a medical services vehicle; and (4) a privately owned vehicle if the operator of or a passenger in the vehicle is a volunteer firefighter or a certified emergency medical technician en route to the scene of an emergency and a warning light is displayed on the vehicle.

Effective: July 1, 2001.





Whetstone, Thompson, Kersey




    January 11, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.







Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1446



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning motor vehicles.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 9-13-2-103.3; (01)IN1446.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 9-13-2-103.3 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 103.3. "Mobile telephone" means a telephone through which the user may place and receive calls over a commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) (as defined in IC 36-8-16.5-5).
SOURCE: IC 9-21-8-49; (01)IN1446.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 9-21-8-49 , AS AMENDED BY P.L.18-1999, SECTION 2, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 49. Except as provided in sections 50, 51, 52, 52.5, and 54 of this chapter, a person who violates this chapter commits a Class C infraction.
SOURCE: IC 9-21-8-52.5; (01)IN1446.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 9-21-8-52.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 52.5. (a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c), a person who operates a motor vehicle and simultaneously uses a mobile telephone (as defined in IC 9-13-2-103.3 ) commits a Class D infraction.
    (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a person who:
        (1) uses a mobile telephone to answer an incoming call; and
        (2) uses the mobile telephone for not more than thirty (30) seconds, measured from the time the call is received to its termination.

     (c) Subsection (a) does not apply to an operator of:
        (1) an authorized emergency vehicle;

         (2) a medical services vehicle;    
         (3) a privately owned vehicle if:
            (A) the operator of or a passenger in the vehicle is a volunteer firefighter en route to the scene of a fire or other emergency in the line of duty; and
            (B) a blue light is displayed on the vehicle under IC 36-8-12-11 ; or
        (4) a privately owned vehicle if:
            (A) the operator of or a passenger in the vehicle is a certified emergency medical technician, a certified emergency medical service driver, or a certified emergency medical service first responder en route to the scene of emergency medical service activities in the line of duty; and
            (B) a green light is displayed on the vehicle under IC 9-19-14.5-1.