NOTE: District of Columbia has a Texting and Hand-Held Ban, Guam has a Texting Ban and the Virgin Islands have a Hand-Held Ban. Partial bans refer to States that have laws prohibiting certain groups of drivers from using a hand-held device or texting behind the wheel. Often, these bans are directed towards novice or bus drivers. With the exception of Michigan, New Hampshire, and Utah, all States with a texting ban also have a partial hand-held cell phone usage ban in place. New Mexico’s hand-held ban is for drivers with in state vehicles and novice drivers.For more information on State-specific laws and regulations, please refer to: http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/state-laws.html.
SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, State Laws (December 19, 2012), Available at http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/state-laws.html of December 2012.