Table 2-25: State Laws on Distracted Driving- Ban on Hand-Held Devices and Texting While Driving: 2010

Table 2-25: State Laws on Distracted Driving- Ban on Hand-Held Devices and Texting While Driving: 2010

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State AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO
Ban on hand-held devices         Y   Y Y Y                       Y          
Ban on texting   Y   Y Y Y Y Y Y   Y     Y   Y Y Y Y   Y Y Y Y    

State MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY PR Total
Ban on hand-held devices         Y   Y         Y             Y     Y         10
Ban on texting   Y   Y Y   Y Y       Y   Y     Y   Y Y Y Y   Y Y   31

NOTES: While nine states have universal bans on hand-held devices and texting, many other states have partial bans on either or both that restrict use for novice drivers or bus drivers. In Iowa and Virginia, secondary enforcement is applied to texting while driving. In Maryland, secondary enforcement is applied to using hand-held devices while driving. Delaware's bans, while passed in 2010, are in effect as of Jan. 2, 2011.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, State Laws on Distracted Driving, available at http://www.distraction.gov/state-laws/ as of Mar. 18, 2011.