The ubiquity of cellphone use over time has lead to millions of drivers across the country using it while driving, whether for GPS directions, taking phone calls, reading text messages and emails, or perusing social media.
Washington State passed the first texting while driving ban in 2007. New York was the first state to institute a total ban on mobile device usage in 2001. In fact, those driving along the freeways in New York will see ‘text stops.’
Lawmakers across the country pushed for these bans as a way to cite drivers who choose to drive distracted. As you will see on the map below, the majority of states have chosen to keep the restriction to texting and email.
Note: This map only applies to adults operating a vehicle.
Blue: Only texting while driving prohibited.
Red: Total ban on device usage[table id=65 /]