Distracted Driving: Hands-Free Laws and Texting and Driving Laws by State

November 1, 2017 •

Driving Laws
Do you know if your state bans cell phones or texting while driving? It’s important to know what your state’s laws are when it comes to safe driving. Even if your state doesn’t have strict laws around distracted driving, it’s very important to be safe behind the wheel. Here’s why:

Distracted Driving Facts

  • Cell phone use while driving causes 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
  • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused while texting and driving.
  • More than 8 people are killed each day in the U.S. due to distracted driving.
  • It’s just not safe – for you or other drivers! Distracted driving is unsafe driving.

A California hands-free driving law went into effect at the beginning of 2017, and Washington and Oregon followed soon after. More and more states are passing laws to keep up with ever-evolving mobile devices. We’ve put together a short video that reviews all of the hands-free bans and texting and driving laws by state in the U.S. See the infographic below for a map and full list of driving laws by state.

[Video] 2017 Cell Phone Driving Laws by State

[Infographic] 2017 Cell Phone Driving Laws by State

Driving Laws

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  • Jessica Kulathunga

    Hi, can you please link to the actual state laws website as a source? I don’t see where my state (Maryland) lists this as illegal.

  • Mary Rhodes

    Hi, I am a little confused. I live in NC and I noticed my state is yellow with lines under the “Does your state ban cell phones while driving” and Red under the “What about texting while driving”. Does this mean that NC has restrictions only per age for cell phone while driving and that texting is only allowed with a hands free device? Please advise.

    • ProClip USA

      Hi Mary, North Carolina has banned texting while driving. However, a complete ban of cell phone usage while driving is not banned. The specifics include: There is no handheld cell phone prohibition for drivers except that school bus drivers and novice drivers in North Carolina – drivers under the age of 18 with provisional licenses – are prohibited from using cell phones (handheld or hands-free) while driving. http://www.drivinglaws.org/ncarolina.php