Hands Free Ordinance
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.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhen does the Hands Free Ordinance take effect?
The law took effect on November 1, 2019.
It is illegal for a driver to operate a motor vehicle while holding or using a handheld wireless device.
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.
Violating this ordinance will result in an infraction and punishable by a fixed penalty of $90.00 plus court costs.
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.
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.