State Laws on Distracted Driving The below states and territories have enacted bans on hand-held devices or texting to help reduce the dangers of distracted driving for the public. Click on a state to learn more on there specific laws.
30 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers. Twelve of these laws were enacted in 2010 alone. 8 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.
Note: Primary law prohibits ALL types of drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. A primary law means that an officer can ticket the driver for the offense without any other traffic offense taking place. Secondary law bans text messaging for ALL types of drivers. A secondary law means an officer can only give you a ticket if you have been pulled over for another driving violation (ie:Hand-held cell phone use).