Beginning October 1, 2014 using a handheld cell phone while driving in Vermont is illegal.
The ban covers all portable devices including music players, laptops and cell phones.
Hands-free use is permitted under law and hands-free means with the use of either hand and outside the immediate proximity of the user’s ear by employing an internal feature – such as a bluetooth, for example – or as long as the device is in a cradle or otherwise securely mounted in the vehicle.
The ban is lifted when the driver needs to communicate with law enforcement or emergency service personnel in emergency situations.
- A person who violates this section commits a traffic violation and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100.00 and not more than $200.00 for a first violation, and of not less than $250.00 and not more than $500.00 for a second or subsequent violation within any two-year period.
- A person convicted of violating this section while operating within a properly designated work zone in which construction, maintenance, or utility personnel are present shall have two points assessed against his or her driving record for a first conviction and five points assessed for a second or subsequent conviction.
- A person convicted of violating this section outside a work zone in which personnel are present shall not have points assessed against his or her driving record.
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