Cell Phone Use while Driving Laws

With the spread of smart phones, GPS devices and other wireless technologies, there has been a steady increase in the number of injuries and deaths related to distracted drivers in recent years. In response to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, the federal government has pushed for stricter distracted driving laws across the country. Currently, as of 2015, all but one state had passed a law addressing cellphone use while driving. The existing state laws vary, but most laws have focused on prohibiting texting while driving, and cellphone use by young or inexperienced drivers.

The laws displayed here are organized by restrictions based on the type of driver (all drivers generally, inexperienced drivers, restrictions based on age and school bus drivers), restricted behaviors (hands-free, handheld), and restricted actions (calling or emailing/texting), as well as how each state enforces the law, and the penalties associated with a first-time violation. Read more.

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