AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF A MOBILE TELEPHONE WHILE OPERATING A SCHOOL BUS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Section 7B of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1998 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-
No person shall operate a moving school bus while using a mobile telephone except in the case of an emergency. For the purpose of this paragraph, an emergency shall mean that the operator of the school bus needs to communicate with another to report any of the following: (a) that the school bus is disabled; (b) that medical attention or assistance is required for a passenger on the bus; (c) that police intervention is necessary for the personal safety of a passenger or to otherwise ensure the safety of the passengers; and (d) the presence of a disabled vehicle or an accident in the roadway.