We’ve all heard the commercials advocating for everyone to not text and drive. And while most of us realize this is not a good idea, it’s no longer a practice to stop simply because we know it’s not the safest thing to do. Many states have been slowly implementing laws about texting and driving, much the same as laws banning handheld cell phone use while driving.
Do you know the law in your state?
What about when you’re traveling?
State Laws for Texting and Driving
In 39 U.S. States, text messaging has been banned for all drivers. All but four of these states have primary enforcement, meaning you don’t have to be first pulled over for another traffic offense in order for an officer to be able to ticket you for violating the texting law. In addition to these 39 states, another five have banned text messaging by “novice drivers,” which generally refers to either the driver’s age (usually under 18) or the driver’s type of license (Learners Permit or Restricted License).
To see a full list of states laws, consult this table of text messaging bans by state from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
State Laws for Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving
While we have yet to see any state ban the use of a cell phone while driving altogether, there are some states that ban the use of handheld cell phones. These ten states are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia.
Some states, in addition to the ten listed above, have other laws that ban handheld devices for drivers of a certain age or license type, drivers in state vehicles, use in certain areas (school zones), etc. It is important to be aware of laws between states when you are traveling. Most states have primary enforcement on these laws as well.
Don’t Text and Drive Campaign
Various Don’t Text and Drive Campaigns have done a lot to increase awareness about the dangers and consequences of texting and driving. According to one campaign run by Parkview Trauma Centers in Indiana, “if you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to have a car crash.”
ProClip Cares About Your Safety
While we think your ProClip is a great solution to stop fumbling around in your car, we do not recommend texting while driving in any situation. Please be conscious of the laws in your state and always put safety first!