OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6366

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR USING A CELLULAR TELEPHONE WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

519,000

692,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain

173,000

231,000

Explanation

The bill increases the fine for a second or subsequent offense for the use of a hand-held or mobile electronic devise while driving, which will result in a revenue gain to the General Fund of $519,000 in FY 121 and $692,000 in FY 13. This change will also result in a revenue gain of $173,000 in FY 12 and $231,000 in FY 13 to municipalities. 2 The estimate assumes 15% of offenders will re-offend, a similar number of convictions for this offense are made in the future and the total revenue collected will increase proportionally to current collections. 3

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing revenue identified above would remain constant into the future since fine amounts are set by statute.

Sources:

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database

1 This figure reflects an October 1, 2011 effective date.

2 Per CGS 14-296aa(8)(j), 25% of revenue received for using a cell phone or texting while driving shall be remitted to municipalities.

3 In 2010, 31,565 convictions were made for using a cell phone or texting while driving, and $1,801,000 in fine revenue was collected. $497,000 of this total was for second and subsequent offenses. The total revenue collected represents 60% of the value of tickets issued.