Laws On Traffic Accidents  

There are laws to curb drunken driving, driving under influence of drugs, speeding and aggressive behavior. However, several studies and surveys have shown that cell phones are a major cause for car crashes.

Drivers on phone are four times more likely to be involved in an accident that those not using a cell phone while driving. Hence, many states in the US are passing laws that curb or restrict the use of cell phones while driving.California legislature passed two new laws to check cell phone use and text messaging while driving. They are as follows:

  • The California Wireless Telephone Law or the "hands free law" (effective July 1, 2008) makes the use of any hand-held wireless telephone while driving a motor vehicle a violation of the law. Drivers over 18 years can use Bluetooth or hands free, but those aged under 18 cannot use a cell phone at all while driving.
  • The California Wireless Communications Device Law or the No Texting Law (effective January 1, 2009) makes writing, sending or reading text messages while driving a violation of the law. This prohibition applies equally to all drivers, regardless of age.

Illinois has passed a new statewide law that prohibits drivers from using cell phones to compose, send or receive messages while operating a motor vehicle on public roads. This law has been effective since Jan I, 2010. Similarly, several other states like Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Washington DC have made talking on hand-held cell phones illegal while driving. In states like Alaska, Louisiana, Minnesota and New Jersey messaging a text while driving is against the law. The state of Texas is planning to introduce a similar law soon.

Some states or local jurisdictions expressly prohibit novice drivers from talking on a cell phone while driving.

The best way to protect yourself from cell phone related accidents and offenses is to not talk on the phone while you are driving.

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