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The Act prohibits all drivers from using text-based communications while operating a motor vehicle on any public highway in the state. The Act provides for acceptable text-based communications for public safety workers and similarly situated individuals, as well as for all drivers in certain circumstances. A violator of the Act’s provisions is subject to a fine of $150 and an assessment of one point on the violator’s driver’s license. The Act prohibits any driver under the age of eighteen who has an instruction permit or Class D license from using a cellular phone while operating a motor vehicle. It provides certain exceptions for safety reasons. The Act imposes a $150 fine and one point assessment on the violator’s license for each offense. If the minor driver is involved in an accident at the time of a violation of this Act, the fine is doubled.

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