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Distracted driving laws, fines, reporting, and performance by state

Distracted driving affects everyone on the road, but states fight distracted driving differently. It’s hard to get a complete view of what’s actually going on with distracted driving by state. There are a few sites that include the laws states have for handheld devices and texting while driving. But if you want more detail on how states are enforcing those laws and tracking distracted driving statistics you have to dig deeper.

It shouldn’t be hard to understand what states are doing to prevent 3,450 deaths and 391,000 injuries per year. So we’ve made it easy.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive view of the regulations, fines, reporting, and ground truth for distracted driving by state. We’ve included the laws states have enacted to stop distraction and the fines and potential jail time for violating these laws. We look at the states that track and report distracted driving on their crash reports and the ones that don’t. We provide the ground truth for distracted driving by state from our own analysis, which shows the percentage of time people spend distracted behind the wheel.

Our hope is that this chart will become an industry resource for distracted driving. We’ll update it as new laws are passed and reporting improves. We’re all in the fight against distracted driving together, so if you see anything that needs to be updated, send us a message on chat.

Distracted driving facts, by state
StateDistraction*Handheld banTexting banHandheld fine: 1st offenseTexting fine: 1st offenseJail timeCrash report: Write-InCrash report: Distraction checkbox
AK10.9%--$10,00012 mos
AL18.7%--$25---
AR17.3%--$100---
AZ18.3%--$99--
CA14.8%$20$20-
CO16.1%--$300---
CT14.1%$100$100---
DE16.6%$100----
FL19.7%--$30---
GA20.4%$50$150--
HI18.5%$250----
IA17.8%--$101--
ID17.2%--$85--
IL17.0%$75----
IN17.8%--$500---
KS17.5%--$60--
KY18.3%--$25--
LA19.6%--$175---
MA12.5%--$100---
ME14.6%--$250--
MD18.4%$83$500--
MI15.4%--$100---
MN15.0%--$225---
MO19.6%---$200---
MS20.6%--$100---
MT13.6%---$0---
NC14.7%--$100--
NE17.8%--$200---
NH12.7%$100$100--
NJ16.4%$400---
NM16.3%--$25--
NV15.8%$50$50--
NY13.0%$200$200-
ND17.8%--$100--
OH17.7%--$150---
OK19.4%--$100--
OR11.9%$1,000-6 mos-
PA17.4%--$50---
RI17.2%$100$85---
SC19.0%--$25--
SD16.5%--$100--
TN18.7%--$50-
TX17.2%--$99-
UT13.9%--$750-
VT12.5%$200$200--
VA14.4%--$125-
WA13.5%$136--
WI16.2%--$40--
WV15.3%$100$100---
WY15.1%--$75-

*Percentage of time people spend distracted while driving

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