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Texting and Driving Bans Across the US

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and today on the blog, we take a look at texting while driving laws at the state level.

Details about Texting While Driving Laws at the State Level

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there is no general ban on texting while driving across the United States, as each state is able to make their own legislation regarding the issue of texting while driving. Texting, or using a hand-held electronic communication device is one of the most distracting things someone can do while driving, and leads to the wrongful deaths of thousands of people every year in the United States.

At this time:

  • 14 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin islands have bans that prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.
  • Right now, there are is currently not a single state that bans all cell phone use for all drivers.
  • 46 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands do ban text messaging for all drivers.

Cellphone Use in the State of Texas

The following bans apply to drivers in the state of Texas:

  • The only statewide hand-held cellphone ban in place applies to drivers crossing through school zones.
  • Bus drivers are not allowed to use cellphones while driving at all, and neither are drivers under the age of 18.
  • There is a texting ban for bus drivers when there is a passenger under the age of 17 that is present. Intermediate drivers who have had their license for less than 12 months also have a texting ban.


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