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.
|All Cellphone Ban||Text Messaging
|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|
|* Effective 7/1/15Source: Governor’s Highway Safety Administration.|