Arkansas: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell, text messaging update: An act prohibiting use of handheld cell phones in school zones and highway work zones took effect Oct. 1, 2011. Arkansas has no restrictions on text messaging or handheld cell phone use by adult drivers. State lawmakers return Jan. 14, 2013. Current prohibitions: All drivers prohibited from text messaging. Fine up to $100. Drivers under 18 may not use cell phones, regardless of whether a hands-free accessory is employed. Fine up to $50. Drivers 18-20 must use hands-free attachments while talking on cell phones. Fine up to $50. School bus operators … [Read more...]

North Dakota: Cell phone laws, legislation

Latest cell/texting news: North Dakota's first distracted driving laws went into effect Aug. 1, 2011, with text messaging prohibited for all drivers. Primary enforcement applies, meaning police can stop and cite motorists for that offense alone. A ticket will run you at least $100. North Dakota became the 31st state to ban texting and driving when the governor signed HB 1195 in late April 2011. The governor also enacted a teen safety law that bars teens under 18 from using electronic communications devices while driving (includes cell phones and hands-free devices). The Legislative … [Read more...]

New Mexico: Cell phone laws, legislation

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Cell phone, text messaging legislation news: Gov. Susana Martinez signed the Legislature's texting & driving act into law March 2. State Sen. Peter Wirth's plan to ban text messaging while driving in New Mexico sailed through the Legislature before landing on the receptive governor's desk. Fines are $25 for a first offense, then $50. The effective date is July 1, 2014. The new law outlaws typing on handheld mobile devices and use of web sites. Gov. Martinez said texting while behind the wheel is the leading cause of death for New Mexico's teen drivers. "There is no text message that is … [Read more...]

Iowa: Cell phone laws, legislation

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Distracted driving news: The Senate approved state Sen. Tod Bowman's bill prohibiting most forms of wireless communications by drivers, but the House didn't find the time as time elapsed on legislation for 2014. Bowman blamed House Speaker Kraig Paulsen for not pushing through the distracted driving measure as the "funnel" deadline for legislation came and went. SF 2289, as amended by Bowman, targeted "electronic communication" -- text messaging, viewing social media sites, emailing. But not cell phone calls. He cited "an epidemic of texting while driving" and sought primary enforcement, … [Read more...]

Hawaii: cell phone laws, legislation

Cell phone, text messaging news: The state of Hawaii has outlawed text messaging and use of handheld cell phones while driving, in a move that is partly symbolic and mostly logistical since electronic distracted driving already was illegal throughout the state. "The enactment of Hawaii's distracted driving law establishes consistency across the state for the usage of mobile electronic devices while driving, simplifying enforcement and likewise making our highways and roadways safer," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said May 20 upon signing that law and another requiring seat belts for … [Read more...]