Hobbs PD Commercial
June 17, 2014
A new state law concerning the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle will go into effect on July 1, 2014. It will be unlawful to text, send images or use a phone for internet purposes while operating a motor vehicle in the State of New Mexico. The new state statute reads as follows
"TEXTING WHILE DRIVING”
A. A person shall not read or view a text message or manually type on a handheld mobile communication device for any purpose while driving a motor vehicle, except to summon medical or other emergency help or unless that device is an amateur radio and the driver holds a valid amateur radio operator license issued by the federal communications commission.
B. The provisions of this section shall not be construed as authorizing the seizure or forfeiture of a handheld mobile communication device. Unless otherwise provided by law, the handheld mobile communication device used in the violation of the provisions of this section is not subject to search by a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop made pursuant to the provisions of this section.
C. As used in this section:
(1) “driving” means being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle on a highway or street and includes being temporarily stopped because of traffic, a traffic light or stop sign or otherwise, but "driving" excludes operating a motor vehicle when the vehicle has pulled over to the side of or off of an active roadway and has stopped at a location in which it can safely remain stationary;
(2) "handheld mobile communication device" means a wireless communication device that is designed to receive and transmit text or image messages, but "handheld mobile communication device" excludes global positioning or navigation systems, devices that are physically or electronically integrated into a motor vehicle and voice-operated or hands-free devices that allow the user to compose, send or read a text message without the use of a hand except to activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function; and
(3) "text message" means a digital communication transmitted or intended to be transmitted
between communication devices and includes electronic mail, an instant message, a text or image communication and a command or request to an internet site; but "text message" excludes communications through the use of a computer-aided dispatch service by law enforcement or rescue personnel."
Officer Mike Stone
Public Information Officer
Citizen's Police Academy
Hobbs Police will be hosting the Citizen’s Police Academy beginning Tuesday, March 4, 2013. The Citizen’s Academy is open to any citizen who would like to learn about police operations, law, firearms, illegal drugs, search and seizure, crime scene investigations, SWAT, K-9, criminal investigations and several other subjects. Students will also participate in ride-alongs with on duty officers. This course will be held each Tuesday for ten weeks.
For an application go to hobbspd.com and click on citizen’s academy or contact Officer Mike Stone at 397-9381.
We are proud to adopt this latest technology and provide it to the citizens of Hobbs. Our goal is to increase the flow of information, allowing users to easily send us messages or ask questions, while also providing them with our latest news and services in one easy to use app. It is important to us to have a police app that allows our citizens to do a variety of things.
More information on the Hobbs PD MYPD page.
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Property Log – Provided for citizens to keep a record of valuables and electronics. This record will assist officers in locating stolen property and those responsible for the thefts.
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