Resolution #2014-21 PROHIBIT DRIVING WHILE USING HANDHELD CELLPHONE

BACKGROUND

A substantial number of cities have passed ordinances prohibiting driving while using a handheld electronic device. This was done because using handheld devices such as cellphones while driving distracts the driver from being fully attentive to driving. Though these ordinance are consistent in concept, there are differences in the details that makes enforcement varied between cities. Having a uniform statewide ban would give motorists one standard to follow rather than many variations between cities with an ordinance and the rest of state that is not regulated.

ACTION

The League will monitor legislation to establish a statewide prohibition against driving while using a handheld electronic device, including cellphones.