While the United States federal government is running a campaign focused on Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April, laws about distracted driving fall under the jurisdiction of individual states. This means that different states have different policies about phone usage and other types of distractions behind the wheel, and individual states can set various consequences for violating their laws.
With the help of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Distraction.gov, DrivingLaws.org, and several state-specific sites, we rounded up the following laws for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on distracted driving, and the potential consequences.
District of Columbia
Note: Some of these laws are expressed in simplified form to apply to most drivers and situations. Some state legislation includes exceptions for use of certain electronic equipment for certain service providers, or for the use of cell phones to report emergencies. Please refer directly to state legislation for exact policies.
The best way to avoid all fines, fees, points, and other consequences is to abstain from using your cell phone while driving. Take the pledge* to drive phone-free in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.