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SF 1721

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/23/2018 09:41am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; increasing penalties for distracted driving violations;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.475, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.475, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Prohibition on use; penalty.

(a) No person may operate a motor vehicle while
using a wireless communications device to compose, read, or send an electronic message,
when the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic.new text begin A person who violates this paragraph must
pay a fine of $125. This fine is in addition to the surcharge under section 357.021, subdivision
6.
new text end

(b) A person who violates paragraph (a) a second or subsequent time must pay a fine of
deleted text begin $225, plus the amount specified in the uniform fine schedule established by the Judicial
Council
deleted text endnew text begin $300. This fine is in addition to the surcharge under section 357.021, subdivision
6
new text end.

new text begin (c) A person who violates paragraph (a) and causes great bodily harm or death to another
is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2017, and applies to crimes
committed on or after that date.
new text end