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.

StateHand-Held
Ban
All Cellphone BanText Messaging
Ban
MaineNoLearner’s permit and intermediate license holdersAll drivers
New HampshireAll DriversDrivers under 18All drivers
MassachusettsLocal optionDrivers under 18, School bus drivers, passenger bus driversAll drivers
Rhode IslandNoDrivers under 18, School bus driversAll drivers
ConnecticutAll driversDrivers under 18, Learner’s permit holders, and school bus driversAll drivers
New YorkAll driversNoAll drivers
New JerseyAll driversSchool bus drivers, and learner’s permit and intermediate license holdersAll drivers
PennsylvaniaLocal optionNoAll drivers
DelawareAll driversLearner’s permit and intermediate license holders and school bus driversAll drivers
MarylandAll driversLearner’s permit and intermediate license holders under 18. School bus drivers.All drivers
District of ColumbiaAll driversSchool bus drivers and learner’s permit holdersAll drivers
VirginiaNoDrivers under 18 and school bus driversAll drivers
North CarolinaNoDrivers under 18 and school bus driversAll drivers
South CarolinaNoNoAll drivers
GeorgiaDrivers under 18Drivers under 18, School bus drivers.All drivers
FloridaNoNoAll drivers
* Effective 7/1/15Source: Governor’s Highway Safety Administration.