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Figure 1: Distracted Driving Laws by State, 2012
NOTE: 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.
SOURCE: All distracted driving laws were pulled from the Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving (Distraction.Gov) maintained by the USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Data is current as of December 19, 2012. For more information on State-specific laws and regulations, please refer to: http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/state-laws.html.