The City of Meridian has passed a 'Hands Free While Driving' ordinance. The purpose of this campaign is to educate Meridian citizens about the city's new 'Hands Free Law,' known as Ordinance No. 19-1857, which took effect on November 1, 2019. This law requires drivers to put down their handheld wireless devices while operating a vehicle on public streets or highways within Meridian.

Read the full Meridian Ordinance

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Hands Free Ordinance take effect?

The law took effect on November 1, 2019.

 
Can I hold my cellphone in my hand while driving?

It is illegal for a driver to operate a motor vehicle while holding or using a handheld wireless device.

 
Can I talk on my cellphone while driving?

A driver is permitted to use an earpiece or headphone device to conduct voice-based communication. The driver may use (1) button on a cell phone or mobile device to initiate or terminate voice communication. Voice-based communication may also be used to send a text message.

 
What are the penalties?

Violating this ordinance will result in an infraction and punishable by a fixed penalty of $90.00 plus court costs.

 
Are there any exceptions to the Hands Free Ordinance?

This provision does not apply to the following persons:
-Use of handheld wireless device by a peace officer, firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, or other public safety first responder during the performance of that person's official duties.
-Use of handheld wireless device by a public utility employee or contractor acting within the scope of that person's employment while responding to a public utility emergency.

 
Can I use my cellphone while driving in the case of an emergency?

A driver is permitted to use a cellphone or other wireless telecommunication device to communicate with law enforcement agencies, fire departments, health care providers, or other emergency service agencies while driving a motor vehicle, if the use is necessitated by an emergency.

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