Driving/Cell Phone Use Restrictions: Effective February 5, 2010

January 13, 2010 by David Shearer, Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety via email

All NMSU drivers should be aware of the following restrictions on the use of cell phones while driving.

Under the recent Las Cruces Ordinance which goes into effect February 5, 2010, the following actions are prohibited while driving a vehicle:

  • Sending or receiving phone calls
  • Sending or reading a text message
  • Reading, selecting or entering a number or name
  • Sending or receiving e-mails

Exceptions include:

  • Hands-free use
  • Communication with certain offices or departments in an emergency
  • Use by law enforcement and emergency personnel while performing their duties during an emergency

Fines for talking or texting on a cell phone while driving can be up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail.

Similarly there are two bills pending in NM legislature to prohibit cell phone use while driving statewide and the Governor has proposed to submit his own version soon.

Details on the ordinance are linked from the NMSU_EHS Twitter on the Safety website at safety.NMSU.edu.

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