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Title 23 : Motor Vehicles

Chapter 013 : OPERATION OF VEHICLES

Subchapter 009 : VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 1095a)
  • § 1095a. Junior operator use of portable electronic devices

    (a) A person under 18 years of age shall not use any portable electronic device as defined in subdivision 4(82) of this title while operating a moving motor vehicle in a place open temporarily or permanently to public or general circulation of vehicles.

    (b) In addition, a person under 18 years of age shall not use any portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle on a public highway, including while the vehicle is stationary, unless otherwise provided in this section. As used in this subsection:

    (1) "Public highway" means a State or municipal highway as defined in 19 V.S.A. § 1(12).

    (2) "Operating" means operating a motor vehicle on a public highway, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other temporary delays. "Operating" does not include operating a motor vehicle with or without the motor running when the operator has moved the vehicle to the side of or off the public highway and has halted in a location where the vehicle can safely and lawfully remain stationary.

    (c) The prohibitions of this section shall not apply when use of a portable electronic device is necessary for a person to communicate with law enforcement or emergency service personnel under emergency circumstances. (Added 2009, No. 150 (Adj. Sess.), § 8, eff. June 1, 2010; amended 2013, No. 189 (Adj. Sess.), § 42, eff. Oct. 1, 2014; 2015, No. 50, § 11.)