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State Laws on Distracted Driving Ban on Hand-Held Devices and Texting While Driving

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Notes:

A primary law means that an officer can ticket the driver for the offense without any other traffic violation taking place. A secondary law

means an officer can only issue a ticket if a driver has been pulled over for another violation (like speeding). Hand-held Cell Phone Use:

14 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. Text Messaging:

Washington was the first state to pass a texting ban in 2007. Currently 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text

messsaging for all drivers.

Description:

This map is included in the Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2016 publication. 

Source:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, State Laws, available at http://www.distraction.gov/

get-the-facts/state-laws.html as of February 2015.