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House File 565

HOUSE FILE BY MAY Passed House, Date Passed Senate, Date Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays Approved A BILL FOR 1 An Act prohibiting the use of a mobile or cellular telephone by 2 the driver of a school bus, and providing a penalty. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 2692HH 82 5 dea/es/88 PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. NEW SECTION. 321.375A OPERATION OF SCHOOL BUS 1 2 WHILE USING CELLULAR PHONE PROHIBITED. 1 3 1. The driver of a school bus shall not use a mobile or 1 4 cellular telephone while the school bus is in motion. This 1 5 section does not apply to use of a mobile or cellular 1 6 telephone in any of the following circumstances: 1 7 a. In an emergency situation, to call 911 or another 1 8 public emergency telephone number for police, fire, or rescue 1 9 service. 1 10 b. To report a mechanical problem that impairs the safe 1 11 operation of the school bus. 1 12 c. When the driver of the school bus is not transporting 1 13 passengers. 1 14 d. When the school bus is stopped off the traveled portion 1 15 of the highway. 1 16 2. For purposes of this section, a mobile or cellular 1 17 telephone is a long=range, portable electronic device used for 1 18 personal telecommunications. 1 19 3. A violation of this section is a simple misdemeanor 1 20 punishable as a scheduled violation under section 805.8A, 1 21 subsection 10, paragraph "a". 1 22 Sec. 2. Section 805.8A, subsection 10, paragraph a, Code 1 23 2007, is amended to read as follows: 1 24 a. For violations by an operator of a school bus under 1 25 sections section 321.285, and section 321.372, subsections 1 1 26 and 2, and section 321.375A, the scheduled fine is thirty=five 1 27 dollars. However, an excessive speed violation by a school 1 28 bus of more than ten miles per hour in excess of the limit is 1 29 not a scheduled violation. 1 30 EXPLANATION 1 31 This bill prohibits the driver of a school bus from using a 1 32 mobile or cellular telephone while operating a school bus. 1 33 The bill defines mobile or cellular telephone as a long=range, 1 34 portable electronic device used for personal 1 35 telecommunications. The bill provides exceptions to allow a 2 1 school bus driver to communicate in emergency situations and 2 2 to report safety=related mechanical problems. The prohibition 2 3 does not apply when the driver is not transporting passengers 2 4 or when the bus is stopped off the traveled portion of the 2 5 highway. The penalty for a violation under the bill is a 2 6 simple misdemeanor punishable by a scheduled fine of $35. 2 7 LSB 2692HH 82 2 8 dea:rj/es/88
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