Distracted Driving: Is Hand-Held Cell Phone Use Legal?

October 26, 2015 •

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Cell phones can be a big distraction, and when it comes to driving it can be a dangerous distraction. In fact, more than eight people are killed each day  in the United States because of a distracted driver. In order to keep the roads safe, states have banned hand-held cell phone use while driving. We’ve put together a list of the states that prohibit using hand-held cell phones while driving.

States with Hand-held Cell Phone Use Bans

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Oregon

There are also a few states with partial hand-held cell phone use bans. For example, in Louisiana and Oklahoma, people with learner or intermediate license are not allowed to use a cell phone while they are driving.

States with Partial Hand-held Cell Phone Use Bans

  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • New Mexico

How to Use a Cell Phone Safely in Your Vehicle

Laws are put in place to help keep us safe. Not only do we not want you to get a ticket in states where cell phone use while driving is prohibited, we also recommend you practice everyday driver safety precautions and avoid illegal or improper or dangerous cell phone use. For example, did you know that texting while driving is not only unsafe, but it’s also illegal in most states?

In our busy, modern and always connected world, we understand that cell phones can come in handy for GPS navigation, streaming your favorite music and for hands-free use while driving. Let’s face it – our phones are part of our daily lives and the technology we have available at our finger tips can help us get from point A to point B in a timely fashion – while listening to our favorite jams!

Below are vehicle mounting solutions for your phone that can help keep your eyes where where you need them most – on the road! In fact, 86% of ProClip customers feel safer since installing their ProClip mount.

Dashboard mounts

All of our dashboard mounts are made custom to your vehicle’s specific dashboard and can easily be installed in about a minute. Our dashboard cell phone mounts fit tightly into the grooves of your dashboard and is positioned for optimal viewing and reach – help keeping your cell phone safely secured and both hands on the steering wheel.

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Suction Cup Mounts

Our suction cup mounts can attach to your windshield or your dashboard. The suction cup comes with a 3M adhesive disk to keep your phone or GPS safely in place. But, be careful about mounting it on your windshield! Windshield mounts are illegal in over half of U.S. States!
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Console Mounts

If suction cup windshield mounts are illegal in your state and you can’t find a dashboard mount that fits your needs, our adjustable console mounts might be the right car mount option for you. Our console mounts fit a variety of vehicle floor consoles, are available in three different sizes and come in two different versions – horizontal face plate and a tilt swivel face plate.

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Information is based on Governors Highway Safety Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute.