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Texting while driving, one of the latest forms of driver
distraction, poses significant accident risks and has gained the
attention of lawmakers developing anti-texting laws. Driving while
texting on an electronic device is the newest driver distraction
danger. A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation
Institute (VTTI) revealed that 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent
of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction occurring
within three seconds before the vehicle crash. According to the
NHTSA and VTTI study, the principal distraction that led to vehicle
* Cell phone use.
* Reaching for moving objects inside the vehicle.
* Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle.
* Reading while driving.
* Applying makeup.
Cell phones with text-messaging capabilities further increase the
risk of driver distraction.
Drivers multitasking while operating their company cars has become a
common practice and is a major factor in driver distraction. Use of
text messaging while driving is a dangerous habit. Drivers who
engage in mobile texting spend about 400-percent more time taking
their eyes off the road and are 70-percent less likely to stay in
their lane, according to an Australian study. It is not uncommon to
see drivers resting a BlackBerry on top of the steering wheel while
using their thumbs to tap in a text message. A driver talking on a
cell phone can watch the road, but someone responding to a text
message must stare at his or her hands.
The following outlines all state-level cell phone and text messaging
laws. Some local jurisdictions may have additional regulations.
Enforcement type is shown in parenthesis.
Handheld Cell Phones: 7
states (Calif., Conn., Md., N.J., N.Y., Ore. and Wash.), D.C. and
the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from
using handheld cell phones while driving.
Except for Maryland, all laws are
primary enforcement—an officer may cite a driver for
using a handheld cell phone without any other traffic offense
All Cell Phone Use: No
state bans all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for all
drivers, but many prohibit all cell phone use by certain drivers:
Novice Drivers: 25
states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers.
School Bus Drivers: Bus
drivers in 18 states and D.C. may not use a cell phone when
passengers are present.
Text Messaging: 26 states,
D.C. and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers. 21 states, D.C.,
and Guam have primary enforcement. In the other five, texting bans
Novice Drivers: An
additional 8 states prohibit text messaging by novice drivers.
School Bus Drivers: 2
states restrict school bus drivers from texting while driving.
Some states such as Maine, N.H. and Utah
treat cell phone use and texting as part of a larger distracted
driving issue. In Utah, cellphone use is an offense only
if a driver is also committing some other moving violation (other
Crash Data Collection: Many
states include a category for cell phone/electronic equipment
distraction on police accident report forms. Recently proposed
federal legislation would require states to collect this data in
order to qualify for certain federal funding.
Preemption Laws: Many
localities have passed their own distracted driving bans. However,
some (for example, Fla., Ky., La., Miss., Nev., and Okla.) prohibit
localities from enacting such laws.