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Ban on cell phones while driving: it's a coastal thing

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

This map in a report issued today by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows the states that have banned hand-held cell phone use by drivers (along with states that ban texting while driving). Interesting that most of the states with cell phone bans are huddled on the coasts. The report, which describes progress against distracted driving, credits Pennsylvania for banning texting but notes that the ban is undermined by the lack of a ban on hand-held cell phone use. That makes it difficult for police to discern whether a driver is texting or simply dialing a phone number, which is still legal. Legislation to ban hand-held cell phone use has not gained any traction in the Legislature so far.

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And more from the report:

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To read the full report, go here.

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