Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 10 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia.
The use of all cellphones by novice drivers is restricted in 32 states and the District of Columbia and the use of all cellphones while driving a school bus is prohibited in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 39 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, novice drivers are banned from texting in five states (Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) and school bus drivers are banned from text messaging in three states (Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas).
Many localities have enacted their own bans on cellphones or text messaging. In some but not all states, local jurisdictions need specific statutory authority to do so.
The map below shows the states that have texting bans.
State by state texting laws
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
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