Distracted Driving Laws by State
Author: Ashley Shaw, XpertHR Legal Editor
With the onslaught of distracted driving laws that are popping up in states all over the country, employers may wonder how these laws affect their workplace driving policies. While OSHA's initiative, in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, into texting and driving bans has meant that employers cannot be seen to encourage their workers to text while driving, many state laws actually ban such practices for all drivers. Other states take it further and ban the use of handheld phones while driving, and in the future, there is a good chance that phones will be banned altogether while driving, at least in some states.
The following chart provides an overview of each state's distracted driving laws, including texting bans, handheld bans and laws for both novice drivers and bus drivers. An employer should be aware that this chart only covers state laws and that local laws may apply.
Click on the state name for more details on the laws of that state.
Due to its large size, this chart is presented in a pop-up overlay. To view the chart in full size, simply click anywhere on the thumbnail image below. Then navigate the chart by clicking and dragging. To close the chart, click on the "X" in the upper-right hand corner.