Table 2-24: State Laws on Distracted Driving: February 2013

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State Ban on Hand-held Devices Ban on Text Messaging
Alabama no yes
Alaska no yes
Arizona no no
Arkansas no yes
California yes yes
Colorado no yes
Connecticut yes yes
Delaware yes yes
District of Columbia yes yes
Florida no yes
Georgia no yes
Hawaii yes yes
Idaho no yes
Illinois no yes
Indiana no yes
Iowa no yes
Kansas no yes
Kentucky no yes
Louisiana no yes
Maine no yes
Maryland yes yes
Massachusetts no yes
Michigan no yes
Minnesota no yes
Mississippi no no
Missouri no no
Montana no no
Nebraska no yes
Nevada yes yes
New Hampshire no yes
New Jersey yes yes
New Mexico1 no no
New York yes yes
North Carolina no yes
North Dakota no yes
Ohio no yes
Oklahoma no no
Oregon yes yes
Pennsylvania no yes
Rhode Island no yes
South Carolina no no
South Dakota no no
Tennessee no yes
Texas no no
Utah no yes
Vermont no yes
Virginia no yes
Washington yes yes
West Virginia yes yes
Wisconsin no yes
Wyoming no yes
Total 12 42

1Hand-held ban for drivers with in state vehicles.

NOTES: The totals are the sum of the individual state's data. In Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio, secondary enforcement is applied to texting while driving. The term "secondary enforcement" means that motorists must be stopped for another violation before they can be cited for texting or using a mobile phone.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,, available at as of July 2013.