Distracted Driving Laws | Hand-Held Cellphone Use | I-95 Exit Guide

Distracted Driving Laws for I-95 States

Current distracted driving laws for all states that I-95 passes through are listed below, north to south.

Hand-held Cell Phone Use Ban: 6 states and D.C., prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. 2 states make it a local community option, and 1 state bans hand-held cell phone use for drivers under 18.

Text Messaging ban: All 15 states, and D.C. ban text messaging for all drivers.

State Hand-Held
Ban
All Cellphone Ban Text Messaging
Ban
Maine No Learner’s permit and intermediate license holders All drivers
New Hampshire All Drivers Drivers under 18 All drivers
Massachusetts Local option Drivers under 18, School bus drivers, passenger bus drivers All drivers
Rhode Island No Drivers under 18, School bus drivers All drivers
Connecticut All drivers Drivers under 18, Learner’s permit holders, and school bus drivers All drivers
New York All drivers No All drivers
New Jersey All drivers School bus drivers, and learner’s permit and intermediate license holders All drivers
Pennsylvania Local option No All drivers
Delaware All drivers Learner’s permit and intermediate license holders and school bus drivers All drivers
Maryland All drivers Learner’s permit and intermediate license holders under 18. School bus drivers. All drivers
District of Columbia All drivers School bus drivers and learner’s permit holders All drivers
Virginia No Drivers under 18 and school bus drivers All drivers
North Carolina No Drivers under 18 and school bus drivers All drivers
South Carolina No No All drivers
Georgia Drivers under 18 Drivers under 18, School bus drivers. All drivers
Florida No No All drivers
* Effective 7/1/15Source: Governor’s Highway Safety Administration.