Are Tougher Cellphone Laws on the Way?
A measure has been approved that makes it easier to convict drivers of vehicular homicide or assault by auto when they kill or injure someone while using a cellphone.
The Assembly passed the measure Thursday by a 79-0 vote. The legislation classifies the illegal use of a hand-held cellphone as driving recklessly, one of the factors in finding a person guilty of vehicular homicide or assault.
Lawmakers say it's difficult to hold drivers criminally accountable when they kill or injure someone while using a cellphone.
Vehicular homicide is generally punishable by imprisonment up to ten years, and a fine up to $150,000. The punishment for assault by auto ranges from six months in prison and a $1,000 fine to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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