New Distracted Driving Law
Effective July 23, 2017
No hand-held cell phone use
- Drivers may not use hand-held cell phones while they are driving, stopped in traffic, or at a stop light. This includes tablets, laptops, games, or other hand-held electronic devices.
- Drivers may not watch video while they drive.
- This does not apply if a driver is contacting emergency services.
- Drivers can use hand-held devices when they are pulled over out of the flow of traffic.
Hands-free use is allowed
- Hands-free use, such as through Bluetooth, is allowed as is a single touch to start a function. Start GPS or music before you drive.
- You can also get a $100 ticket for other types of distractions such as grooming, smoking, eating, or reading if the activity interferes with safe driving and you are pulled over for another traffic offense.
- Some things are not included in the law. Transit and emergency vehicle drivers are exempt. Drivers of commercial vehicles must follow federal laws.
- Two-way radio, citizens band radio, or amateur radio equipment are not included in the law.
- The first ticket will cost at least $136. Get a ticket again within five years, and those tickets cost at least $235. Unlike current law, which exempts cell phone violations from being reported to insurance companies, all violations will be available to insurance companies.