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Feb 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM · by Ashley Wetmore

Road Warriors: Which States Are Hands-Free?

In an earlier post, Road Warriors: Driving In a Foreign State, we explored different traffic laws from state to state.

Today we’re going to look specifically at laws regulating cell phone use while operating a vehicle. 

Every week we send our consultants out on the road, which usually means that they find themselves in a different state on a regular basis. Each state controls its own traffic laws, and in recent years the most notorious laws have been those related to cell phone use.

Can you call?

Can you text?

Is “hands-free” the law?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) generously provided Healthcare IS with some useful resources to help us identify which states are enforcing cell phone regulations and to what extent.

The DOT refers to the practice of using cellular devices while driving as “distracted driving.” In the following link, they provide information for drivers about each state’s laws regarding distracted driving.

http://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/state-laws.html 

Healthcare IS would like to extend a special thanks to Catharine Howden of the DOT for her help providing our readers with this valuable information.

Remember to always drive safely — both for your safety and the safety of others! 

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