Virginia: Cell phone, texting laws, legislation

Distracted driving news: State Sen. Scott Surovell's planned expansion of the texting & driving ban -- to include almost all uses of handheld communications devices -- went down to defeat in the Transportation Committee. The legislator still hopes to bring the plan to the Senate floor in 2017. SB 860 also envisions use of reckless driving laws for prosecution of distracted drivers who cause accidents while using handheld electronics such as smartphones. Delegate Rich Anderson returns with a plan to bar a variety of handheld smartphone functions triggered by use of icons. A police … [Read more...]

Wyoming: Cell phone & texting laws, bills

Distracted driving news: The city of Powell has approved a ban on handheld cell phone use while driving. The local ordinance needs two more votes, scheduled for November 2017. The bill was crafted after the law in force in Cheyenne. Powell Council members discussed placing signs at city entrance points to warn motorists about the distracted driving law, which would be unusual in Wyoming. State Sen. Floyd Esquibel saw his texting & driving ban become law in 2010, but his 2013 plan to expand the distracted driving law to include handheld cell phones received a quick rejection. He did not … [Read more...]

Cell phone safety: Bet you didn’t know …

Cell phone safety would seem largely a matter of common sense. Pay attention, watch the road and you’ll arrive safely. But researchers who have been studying cell phone-related accidents since the 1990s say there are some surprising ways in which wireless phones endanger drivers, passengers and pedestrians. For example, the simple act of talking on a cell phone actually decreases the quality of visual information received and processed by the brain. Talk more and you see less! State legislators are increasingly mandating hands-free cell phone use for drivers. Hands-free devices such as … [Read more...]

Nevada: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell, texting news: Almost 200 drivers were cited for electronic distracted driving in a February 2015 sweep in the Reno-Sparks district. Cell phone use and other distracted driving activity resulted in the majority of the 452 tickets written in the Feb. 12-23 crackdown. The Nevada Highway Patrol and Washoe County Sheriff's Office joined with local police in the safety sweep. The Department of Public Safety said of the crackdown: "Nevada's ban on hand held devices took effect Jan 1, 2012, and three years into the law officers continue to observe and cite violators every day." It added: … [Read more...]

Mississippi: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell phone/texting news: Fines for texting & driving in Mississippi have quadrupled. Fines under the 2015 law began at $25 but increased to $100 as of July 1, 2016. The law also outlaws social networking by drivers. Gov. Phil Bryant approved the law in March 2015. Ticketing to date reportedly has been light -- under a hundred in 2016 -- but the increased revenues may provide more incentives for law agencies to penalize distracted drivers. Mississippi's statewide distracted driving law continues to allow use of cell phones by drivers, meaning the state likely will continue to revisit … [Read more...]