Cell Phone Bans

For those who may be driving beyond the bounds of Kansas at some point, the National Safety Council offers a set of four maps which summarize the current status of cell phone bans while driving across the country.

Noting that “driver inattention is a leading cause of traffic crashes, responsible for about 80 percent of all collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” and observing that cell phone usage is among the very greatest of distractions, the National Safety Council is “calling for a legislative ban on these activities.” Regardless of your opinion of this NSC lobbying, many jurisdictions have chosen to ban cell phone use while driving.

The four maps (derived from information provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as of October 2008 ) outline 1) the six states (California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Utah and Washington) where there is a complete ban on the use of handheld cell phones; 2) the eighteen states which ban such use by teenage drivers; 3) the seventeen states which ban such use by school bus drivers; and 4) the six states which permit local jurisdictions to pass such bans but do not have a statewide ban.

Published in: on January 25, 2009 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

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