Summer Safety: Driver Distraction by Cell Phones and Texting, Part II

By Terry Driskill, MA, MA Licensed Professional Counselor 

Yes! Everyone is guilty of talking on our cell phone or texting while driving. I do talk on my cell phone while driving but I do not even attempt to text while driving. If you recall from last week’s article the topic was defining the three types of distraction. In this week’s article the discussion will be violation of the law and the consequences.

Driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone is banned in 14 states and the District of Columbia. The use of all cellphones is restricted in 38 states and the District of Columbia for beginner and intermediate drivers. Test messaging is banned for all drivers in 46 states and the District of Columbia. To understand the law, it is necessary to know the difference between primary and secondary laws. A primary law is a law where the officer can pull you over such as speeding. A secondary law is a law where the officer cannot pull a person over without cause. For example, in Louisiana it is a primary law for all cell phone use by bus drivers. A bus driver is in violation when operating a bus and on their cell phone.

 

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