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No Text Zone: States Enact New Laws

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

Lawmakers are starting to step in to force us to do what we apparently won't do voluntarily.  More states are coming up with laws to force drivers to put down their cell phones while driving.

We're now half-way through the year and a number of states thought this would be a good time to implement their new restrictions on cell phone use while driving:

--West Virginia and Hawaii are now among the eleven states that ban all drivers from using handheld cellphones, and among 41 that bar them from texting.

--South Dakota and Utah now restrict cell phone use for young drivers.

--Virginia, starting this week, makes texting while driving a primary offense.  It used to be police needed another reason to pull you over.  Suspicion of texting while driving can now be that reason.

--Indiana adds new teeth to its texting while driving law.  As of July 1st you face a $500 fine if you're caught texting or emailing while driving on the highway.

Hopefully the new laws will cut into the toll distracted driving in taking across America.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver every year.  Learn more about efforts to keep us safe from distracted drivers in the No Text Zone section of

 By Fred Cantu


No Text Zone: States Enact New Laws

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