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Cell Phone and Texting Laws

Little by little states are starting to clamp down on the use of cell phones while driving. Details vary as to who is restricted, whether the restriction is for talking on the phone, testing on the phone or both.

As of Feb 2012 there are 10 states where talking on a cell phone is banned for everyone. 30 states restrict the use of cell phones for young or novice drivers. 19 states completely ban the use of cell phones for bus drivers while they are driving. 35 states ban text messaging for all drivers and 7 more add an additional restriction for only young and novice drivers.

To add to this list many local authorities, county and city have their own bans and restrictions in place. In short, if you don’t want to pay a fine it’s a good idea to know what the laws are for your area and take extra precautions while traveling.

Talking on Cell phone ban for all Drivers

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • New York
  • Mary Land
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware

Texting ban for all Drivers

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • New York
  • Mary Land
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alaska

Bans on all Cell Phone use for drivers under 18 or persons with a learners permit

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Mary Land
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware
  • Colorado
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • Alabama
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • New Mexico

While this doesn’t cover all of the bans and restrictions for talking on a Cell phone or text messaging, this does show that many states are getting serious about the use of cell phones while driving. Statistics show that there is a marked increase in accidents for people distracted by cell phone use. Regardless of whether the state you live in or are traveling in has a cell phone ban or restrictions it is a good idea to get into the habit of pulling over to the side of the road before using your cell phone.