State Hands-Free Driving Laws and Requirements

Driving while distracted (DWD) has always been a very real danger for anyone who takes to the road.

It's all too easy to get caught up in a conversation with your passengers or passing scenery and as many experienced drivers can testify, things can go wrong very quickly when you take your eyes off the road for even a few seconds.

Over the past decade however, with the proliferation of cell phones and other handheld wireless devices into everyone's lives, DWD has morphed from random and isolated to a persistent and very dangerous problem.

Consider the following facts:
  • Reaction time for drivers using a cell phone is the same as having a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, which is the nationwide legal limit for DUI/DWI convictions.
  • If you use a cell phone while you drive, you are four times more likely to be injured in a crash.
  • Cell phones reduce a driver's attentionto driving by 37%.
  • If you text while you drive, you are 23% more likely to cause an accident.
  • DWD is cited as the cause in 25% of police crash reports.

Despite this overwhelming body of evidence, people still amazingly allow themselves to drive distracted. Recently though, many states have begun to proactively pass legislation geared towards reducing or eliminating distracted driving caused by mobile device use.

The best advice to help alleviate this problem is not to add to it and if you absolutely have to talk or text, safely pull your vehicle over and park. This is the smartest way to ensure you don't endanger yourself and others.

Do you know your state's distracted driver or hands-free laws? Just click on your state to find out what, if any, mobile device restrictions have been enacted and stay informed!