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  • Laws against cell phones come in different varieties. New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia require drivers to use a hands-free cell phone. School bus drivers are not allowed to talk on cell phones, except in emergencies, in Arizona, Arkansas, California, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Teen drivers are banned from talking on cell phones in the District of Columbia, Maine and New Jersey. http://www.stateline.org/live/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=136&languageId=1&contentId=20069
  • As of July 1, 2005 Illinois can be added to the list banning non-hands-free cell phone usage while driving.
  • Fox News Article – May 11, 2009 Here is a list of the current laws that each state has on the books concerning text messages and cell phone calls while driving. Alabama: No Laws Alaska: Illegal for all drivers with the enforcement being primary, meaning that a police officer can pull over a driver for sending a text message even if he isn’t breaking any other traffic laws. Arizona: Only bans school bus drivers from speaking on their cell phone Arkansas: Illegal for all drivers with primary enforcement California: Illegal for all drivers with primary enforcement Colorado: No Laws Connecticut: Illegal for all drivers with primary enforcement Delaware: Illegal for novice drivers with a GDL to send texts or make phone calls with primary enforcement. Also illegal for school bus drivers to make phone calls. D.C.: Illegal for all drivers with primary enforcement Florida: No Laws Georgia: Only bans school bus drivers from speaking on their cell phone Hawaii: No Laws Idaho: No Laws Illinois: Only bans school bus drivers and those under 19 from speaking on their cell phone Indiana: Only bans those under 18 from talking or texting on a cell phone Iowa: No Laws Kansas: Only bans those with a learners license from talking or texting on a cell phone Kentucky: Only bans school bus drivers from speaking on their cell phone Louisiana: Illegal for all drivers with secondary enforcement, meaning a driver can only be pulled over for a different traffic violation and then ticketed for cell phone usage Maine: Only bans those under 18 from talking or texting on a cell phone Maryland: Only bans those under 18 from talking or texting on a cell phone Massachusetts: Only bans school bus drivers from speaking on their cell phone Michigan: No Laws Minnesota: Illegal for all drivers with primary enforcement Mississippi: Only illegal for those with a learner's license to text while driving Missouri: No Laws Montana: No Laws Nebraska: Illegal for all drivers with secondary enforcement Nevada: No Laws New Hampshire: No Laws New Jersey: Illegal for all drivers with primary enforcement New Mexico: No Laws New York: Only bans school bus drivers from speaking on their cell phone North Carolina: Only bans school bus drivers and those under 19 from speaking on their cell phone North Dakota: No Laws Ohio: No Laws Oklahoma: No Laws Oregon: Only illegal for those with a learner's license to text while driving Pennsylvania: No Laws Rhode Island: Only illegal for school bus drivers and those under 18 to talk on cell phones while driving South Carolina: No Laws South Dakota: No Laws Tennessee: Only illegal for school bus drivers and those under 18 to talk on cell phones while driving Texas: Only illegal for school bus drivers and those under 18 to talk or text on cell phones while driving Utah: Illegal for all drivers with secondary enforcement Vermont: No Laws Virginia: Illegal for all drivers with secondary enforcement Washington: Illegal for all drivers with secondary enforcement West Virginia: Only illegal for those with a learner's license to talk or text on cell phones while driving Wisconsin: No Laws Wyoming: No Laws

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