Hawaii bans distracted driving

Distracted driving has been illegal throughout Hawaii for several years, thanks to bans on each of the islands. Now the state has outlawed text messaging and the use of handheld cell phones while driving, in a move that's partly symbolic and mostly practical. Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Act 74 on May 20, saying the new Hawaii law "establishes consistency across the state ... simplifying enforcement and likewise making our highways and roadways safer." Hawaii becomes the 40th state to ban text messaging while driving, and the 11th to outlaw handheld cell phone use while behind the wheel. … [Read more...]

Florida: Cell phone laws, legislation

Distracted driving news: State Rep. Emily Slosberg continues a family tradition as she has filed several distracted driving bills for the 2017 session. One would remove the state's secondary enforcement limit on texting & driving infractions. It also doubles fines for violations in school zones. The other calls for primary enforcement for drivers 18 and younger who are suspected of texting while behind the wheel. A similar plan was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on March 22, below. The current Florida texting law is limited to secondary enforcement, meaning another … [Read more...]

Index: Cell phone laws, legislation by state

See what your state's cell phone and texting laws for drivers prohibit -- or are about to prohibit. The majority of U.S. states have restrictions on drivers' use of handheld electronics, with texting & driving barred in almost all states. You are responsible for knowing the distracted driving laws while motoring in any state or municipal area. See also: State distracted driving laws chart. View distracted driving laws and legislation by state: Alabama - Alaska - Arizona - Arkansas - California - Colorado Connecticut - Delaware - District of Columbia - Florida - Georgia - … [Read more...]

Rhode Island: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell phone, texting updates: : Several distracted driving measures filed for 2017 address the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal's ruling that the state's texting & driving law extends to use of a cell phone's GPS functions. Reps. Charlene Lima and Brian Patrick Kennedy filed separate bills exempting the use of GPS and similar navigation devices from the texting law. Kennedy's plan also specifies that phone calls are not covered under the distracted driving ban. Kennedy's bill later was amended to cover only GPS. The tribunal appeals panel considered the case of a driver who maintained he was … [Read more...]

Minnesota: Cell phone laws, legislation

Distracted driving updates: Several attempts at modernizing Minnesota's electronic distracted driving laws are under review in the 2017-18 legislative session. State Rep. Mark Uglem and Rep. Linda Slocum both propose rewrites of the texting & driving law that would bar use of handheld cell phones. Uglem's plan was approved by the House Transportation Committee in early March. State Sen. Jim Carlson has the companion bill, which was attached to a Senate roundup bill in mid-March. The Department of Public Safety linked distracted/inattentive driving to 74 traffic fatalities in 2015. That's … [Read more...]