OLR Bill Analysis

SB 441

AN ACT CONCERNING DISTRACTED DRIVING

SUMMARY:

This bill prohibits a driver from engaging in any activity while driving that is not related to the actual operation of the vehicle and interferes with its safe operation. The prohibition does not apply to (1) using a telecommunications device to call 911 or to communicate with an emergency response operator, hospital, physician's office, health clinic, ambulance company, fire department, or police department about an emergency situation or (2) any police or peace officer, operator of an emergency vehicle, or member of a fire unit or department while they are performing official duties.

The bill requires anyone who commits certain moving violations while engaged in an activity that interferes with a vehicle's safe operation to pay an additional $ 75 fine besides the penalty imposed for the moving violation. It requires a police officer issuing a summons for distracted driving to identify the cause of the distracted driving on the back of the summons form in the area designated "report to prosecutors. "

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2003

MOVING VIOLATIONS FOR WHICH THE ADDITIONAL PENALTY APPLIES

The table below indicates the moving violations for which the additional $ 75 fine would apply for engaging in a districting activity while driving.

Statute Section

Moving Violation

Statute Section

Moving Violation

14-218a

Traveling Unreasonably Fast

14-241

Improper turn

14-219

Speeding

14-242

Restricted Turns-Failure to Signal

14-222

Reckless Driving

14-243

Unsafe Backing

14-223

Disobeying Signal of Officer

14-244

Improper Signaling

14-230

Failure to Drive to the Right

14-245

Failure to Grant Right of Way at Intersection

14-230a

Commercial Vehicle Use of Restricted Left Lane

14-246a

Failure to Grant Right of Way at Highway Junction

14-231

Failure to Grant One-Half of the Highway

14-247

Failure to Grant Right of Way at Private Road or Driveway

14-232

Improper Passing

14-247a

Failure to Grant Right of Way to Pedestrian or Traffic When Emerging From Alley, Driveway, or Building

14-233

Passing on the Right

14-248a

Failure to Slow or Stop at Cattle Crossing

14-234

Passing in No Passing Zone

14-248b

Failure to Grant Right of Way at Cattle Crossing

14-235

Failure to Keep Right on Curve or Hill or at Intersection or RR Crossing

14-249

Failure to Stop at Railroad Crossing When Signals are Operating

14-236

Failure to Drive in Proper Lane on Limited Access Highway

14-279

Passing Stopped School Bus

14-237

Driving Wrong Way on Divided Highway

14-289b

Violating Motorcycle Operating Rules

14-238

Entering Controlled Access Highway at Other Than Designated Entry or Exit

14-299

Failing to Obey Traffic Control Signal

14-238a

Entering Limited Access Highway at Other Than Designated Point

14-301

Failing to Grant Right of Way to Pedestrian in Crosswalk and Related Violations

14-239

Wrong Way on One-Way Highway

14-302

Disregarding Yield Signs

14-240

Following Too Closely

14-303

Driving Wrong Way on One Way Street

14-240a

Tailgating to Intimidate or Harass

   

COMMITTEE ACTION

Transportation Committee

Joint Favorable Report

Yea

25

Nay

1