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Hands Free Laws listed by State

Alabama: No limits on cell phone use or texting.

Alaska: Drivers are banned from text-messaging or watching videos.

Arizona: School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving. In Phoenix, drivers prohibited from using ďpersonal digital assistants to send or receive a written messageĒ (texting).

Arkansas: All drivers prohibited from text messaging. Drivers under 18 may not use cell phones, regardless of whether a hands-free device is employed. Drivers 18-20 must use hands-free attachments while talking on cell phones. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

California: Texting while driving outlawed. Adult drivers (18 and older) must use hands-free devices while talking on mobile phones. Minors are prohibited from using wireless phones while driving ó with or without hands-free devices. School bus operators and transit bus drivers prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

Colorado: Text messaging banned for all drivers. Minors (under 18) may not use cell phones while behind the wheel. Drivers with learnerís permits prohibited from using cell phones.

Connecticut: Texting outlawed for all drivers. Adult drivers (18 and older) must use hands-free devices when using mobile phones. Minors are prohibited from using wireless phones while driving ó with or without hands-free devices. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

Delaware: Drivers with learnerís permits prohibited from using cell phones. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

District of Columbia: Drivers must use hands-free devices. Drivers with learnerís permits prohibited from using cell phones. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

Florida: No limits on cell phone use or text messaging.

Georgia: Text messaging banned for all drivers. Drivers under the age of 18 prohibited from use of all cell phones. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving, if passengers are present.

Hawaii: No statewide limits on texting or cell phone use but all Hawaiian counties have laws against use of handheld wireless devices while driving.

Idaho: No limits on cell phone use.

Illinois: Text messaging prohibited for all drivers. Cell phone use prohibited in school speed zones and construction zones. Drivers under the age of 19 are prohibited from using wireless phones while driving ó with or without hands-free devices. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving if passengers are present. In Chicago, all drivers must use hands-free devices.

Indiana: Drivers under the age of 18 may not use cell phones, text messaging units or other wireless telecommunications devices.

Iowa: No limits on cell phone use. Text messaging banned for all drivers; teens with restricted licenses prohibited from using all handheld electronic devices (including cell phones) while behind the wheel.

Kansas: Drivers with permit licenses banned from use of cell phones or texting devices. Text messaging outlawed for all drivers (effective Jan. 1. 2011).

Kentucky: Text messaging prohibited for all drivers (fines begin Jan. 1). Use of all personal communications devices banned for drivers under 18 years of age. School bus operators prohibited from non-official use of cell phones while transporting children.

Louisiana: Text messaging banned for all drivers. Drivers under 18 may not use cell phones or text-messaging devices. Drivers licensed for under a year may not use cell phones without hands-free devices.

Maine: The state has a general law against distracted driving that could bring tickets for cell phone use and text messaging. Drivers under the age of 18 prohibited from using cell phones while driving. Drivers with learnerís permits or intermediate licenses prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

Maryland: Text messaging prohibited for all drivers. Drivers under the age of 18 and drivers with learnerís permits or intermediate licenses are prohibited from using cell phones. Effective Oct. 1, 2010, cell phone use while driving is prohibited unless a hands-free device is employed.

Massachusetts: School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

Michigan: Text messaging outlawed for all drivers. In Detroit, drivers must use hands-free devices.

Minnesota: Drivers under the age of 18 with learnerís permits or intermediate licenses are prohibited from using cell phones while driving. Text messaging banned for all drivers.

Mississippi: Text messaging prohibited for drivers with restricted licenses.

Missouri: Text messaging prohibited for drivers under the age of 21.

Montana: No limits on cell phone use.

Nebraska: Text messaging outlawed for all drivers on Nebraskaís roads and highways. Drivers under the age of 18 with learnerís permits or intermediate licenses are prohibited from using cell phones.

Nevada: No limits on cell phone use.

New Hampshire: Text messaging and use of electronic devices with two hands are banned for all drivers. No limits on cell phone use.

New Jersey: Drivers must use hands-free devices. Text messaging and use of video games prohibited while driving. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving. Drivers with learnerís permits or probationary licenses are prohibited from using cell phones and other portable wireless electronic devices while driving (includes iPods and devices with hands-free accessories).

New Mexico: No statewide limits on cell phone use. Some local ordinances.

New York: Drivers must use hands-free devices for cell phone calls. Text messaging and related Internet use outlawed (secondary enforcement). Some cities and counties in New York have separate bans on text messaging by drivers.

North Carolina: Text messaging prohibited for all drivers. Motorists under the age of 18 with provisional licenses are prohibited from using cell phones while driving, unless calling parents. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

North Dakota: No limits on cell phone use.

Ohio: No statewide limits on cell phone use. Some local ordinances.

Oklahoma: No limits on cell phone use.

Oregon: Use of handheld cell phones outlawed for all drivers. Text messaging banned for all drivers. Cell phones use with hands-free attachments are allowed only for drivers over 18 years of age. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using cell phones or text messaging while driving.

Pennsylvania: No statewide limits on cell phone use. Some local ordinances.

Rhode Island: Text messaging prohibited for all drivers. Those under the age of 18 also are banned from using cell phones while driving. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

South Carolina: No limits on cell phone use.

South Dakota: No limits on cell phone use.

Tennessee: Text messaging outlawed for all drivers. Drivers with learnerís permits or intermediate licenses are prohibited from using cell phones while driving. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving, if passengers are present.

Texas: Drivers with intermediate licenses are prohibited from using cell phones while driving. School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving, if passengers under 18 are present. Drivers under the age of 17 with restricted licenses are prohibited from using wireless communications devices. Drivers prohibited from using handheld devices in school crossing zones.

Utah: No limits on cell phone use. Text messaging outlawed for all drivers.

Vermont: Texting prohibited for all drivers. Drivers under the age of 18 prohibited from using cell phones.

Virginia: Text messaging illegal for all drivers. Drivers with intermediate licenses are prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

Washington: Text messaging prohibited while driving. Drivers must use hands-free devices.

West Virginia: Drivers with learnerís permits or intermediate licenses are prohibited from using cell phones while driving. School bus drivers prohibited from using cell phones while operating the vehicles.

Wisconsin: Text messaging banned as of Dec. 1, 2010. No limits on cell phone use. The state does have a general distracted driving law.

Wyoming: No limits on cell phone use. Text messaging prohibited for all drivers (effective July 2010).

 

 


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