Sunday, February 1, 2015

State Laws Governing Cell Phone Use - An Update

Texting and even just talking on a cell phone while driving contribute to a startling number of auto accidents per year.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been pushing for stricter laws governing the use of cell phones while driving (see ""NTSB to the States: Ban Texting While Driving"). But the NTSB does not have the power to set driving laws; that is the prerogative of the states.

Most states now recognize that texting while driving is a form of distracted driving and have done something about it. Three years ago, 35 states prohibited texting while driving; today 44 states do. Fourteen of those states prohibit the use of handheld phones entirely while driving.

To find out what the law is in your state, go to the NTSB website.

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