State Cell Phone and Texting Laws

By on November 3, 2010
RoadKing Mag

Comprehensive state by state list of cell phone and texting laws. Click here to read the article “On Call” about cell phones, texting and driving.

State
Hand-held Ban
All Cell Phone Ban
Text Messaging Ban
Crash
Data
School Bus Drivers
Novice Drivers
All
Drivers
School Bus Drivers
Novice Drivers
Alabama
16 and 17 with intermediate license <6 months
(Primary)
(eff. 7/10)
16 and 17 with intermediate license <6 months
(Primary)
(eff. 7/10)
Alaska
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Arizona
Yes
(Primary)
Arkansas
18 – 20 years old (Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
<18
(Secondary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
California
Yes
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
<18
(Secondary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Colorado
<18
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Connecticut
Yes
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Learners permit and <18
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Delaware
Yes
(Primary)
Learner’s permit and intermediate license holders
(Primary)
Learner’s permit and intermediate license holders
(Primary)
Yes
DC
Yes
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Learners permit
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Florida
Georgia
Yes
(Primary)
<18
(Primary)
(eff. 7/10)
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 7/10)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Guam
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Hawaii
Idaho 1
See footnote
Illinois 2
See footnote
Yes
(Primary)
<19
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Indiana
<18
(Primary)
<18
(Primary)
Yes
Iowa
Restricted or intermediate licenses
(Primary)
(eff. 7/10)
Yes
(Secondary)
(eff. 7/10)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Kansas
Learner or intermediate license
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 1/11)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Kentucky
Yes
(Primary)
<18
(Primary)
(eff. 7/13/10)
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 7/13/10)
Covered under all driver ban
Louisiana
Learner or intermediate license
(regardless of age)
Yes
(Primary)
1st year of licensure
(Primary for <18)
(eff. 8/15/10)
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 8/15/10)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Maine 3
<18
(Primary)
<18
(Primary)
Yes
Maryland
Yes
(Secondary)
(eff. 10/10)
<18 w/ Learner or provisional license
(Secondary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Massachusetts
Yes
(Primary)
Yes
Michigan 4
See footnote
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 7/10)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Minnesota
Yes
(Primary)
<18 w/ Learner or provisional license
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Mississippi
Learner or provisional license
(Primary)
Missouri
<21
(Primary)
Montana
Yes
Nebraska
<18 w/ Learners or provisional license
(Secondary)
(eff. 7/10)
Yes
(Secondary)
(eff. 7/10)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Nevada
Yes
New Hampshire 5
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
New Jersey
Yes
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
<21 w/ GDL or provisional license
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
New Mexico
In State vehicles
Yes
New York
Yes
(Primary)
Yes
(Secondary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
North Carolina
Yes
(Primary)
<18
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
North Dakota
Yes
Ohio
Oklahoma
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 11/10)
Learners permit or intermediate license
(Primary)
(eff. 11/10)
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 11/10)
Learners permit or intermediate license
(Primary)
(eff. 11/10)
Yes
Oregon
Yes
(Primary)
<18
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Pennsylvania
Yes
Rhode Island
Yes
(Primary)
<18
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
South Carolina 6
See footnote
South Dakota
Yes
Tennessee
Yes
(Primary)
Learners permit or intermediate license
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Texas 7
Yes, w/ passenger <17
(Primary)
Intermediate Stage, 1st 12 months
(Primary)
Yes, w/ passenger <17
(Primary)
Intermediate Stage, 1st 12 months
(Primary)
Yes
Utah 8
See footnote
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Vermont
<18
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Virgin Islands
Yes
Yes
Virginia
Yes
(Primary)
<18
(Secondary)
Yes
(Secondary)
Covered under all driver ban
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Washington
Yes
(Primary)
Learner or intermediate stage
(Primary)
Yes
(Primary)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
West Virginia
Learner or intermediate stage
(Primary)
Learner or intermediate stage
(Primary)
Wisconsin
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 12/10)
Covered under all driver ban
Wyoming
Yes
(Primary)
(eff. 7/10)
Covered under all driver ban
Yes
Total
7 + DC, Virgin Islands
Primary (6)
Secondary (1)
18 + DC
All Primary
28 + DC
Primary (23 + DC)
Secondary (5)
28 + DC, Guam
Primary (24 + DC, Guam)
Secondary (4)
2
Both Primary
9
All Primary
34 + DC, Virgin Islands


1 Idaho has a Distraction in/on Vehicle (List) attribute as part of its Contributing Circumstances element and officers are supposed to list the distractions in the narrative.
2 Illinois bans the use of cell phones while driving in a school zone or in a highway construction zone.
3 Maine has passed a law making it against the law to drive while distracted in the state.
4 In Michigan, teens with probationary licenses whose cell phone usage contributes to a traffic crash or ticket may not use a cell phone while driving.
5 Dealt with as a distracted driving issue; New Hampshire enacted a comprehensive distracted driving law.
6 South Carolina has a Distracted/Inattention Attribute under Contributing Factors.
7 Texas has banned the use of hand-held phones and texting in school zones.
8 Utah’s law defines careless driving as committing a moving violation (other than speeding), while distracted by use of a hand-held cell phone or other activities not related to driving.

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO)

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