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Ban on Texting While Driving Among New State Laws in New Mexico

A new law is ready to take effect that will ban texting while driving in New Mexico. Starting today, the law will prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails, even while at a stop light. Drivers also …

Indiana Issues Few Tickets in 1st 3 Years of Texting Law

A three-year-old law barring Indiana drivers from texting while driving has generated more frustration than tickets from police officers, who say the law makes it hard to prove a driver is in violation. The 2011 law was a follow-up to …

New Funding Allows Crackdown on Texting While Driving in North Dakota

Motorists routinely may see fellow drivers texting and driving, but police rarely do, making enforcement of North Dakota’s distracted driving law difficult to enforce, authorities say. “When a squad car is in the area, a driver usually will hide the …

South Carolina Locals Enact Own Texting Bans While State Stalls

After years of facing fierce opposition, the idea of South Carolina passing a statewide texting-while-driving ban is becoming a real possibility. Earlier this month the state Senate and House passed separate bills aimed at putting to an end to the …

550 Cited in Minnesota for Texting While Driving

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says law enforcement officers across Minnesota cited 550 people for texting while driving during a recent 10-day crackdown on distracted driving. The enhanced enforcement campaign by more than 400 departments this month also netted …

Louisiana Truck-Bus Crash Caused by Texting, State Police Say

Texting while driving is thought to be cause of an accident in Louisiana involving a Calcasieu Parish school bus and a pickup truck that sent one student and the bus driver to the hospital. State Police Sgt. James Anderson tells …

One Driving Safety Bill Moves Forward in Oklahoma, Another Pushed Back

The full Oklahoma Senate approved legislation barring cell phone use in Oklahoma school zones, but a bill that would ban texting while driving suffered a setback as it was sent back to committee. The positive vote on Senate Bill 1601, …

Poll: Most Mississippians Support Ban on Texting While Driving for All Motorists

A new survey released this month says most Mississippians support tightening the state’s law on texting while driving. Currently Mississippi prohibits texting while driving for those with a learner’s permit or an intermediate license, according to the state’s Department of …

Oklahoma Senate Committee OKs Texting and Driving, School Zone Cell Phone Bills

The Oklahoma Senate Public Safety Committee has approved legislative measures that would ban texting while driving, as well as the use of cell phones while driving in school zones. Senate Bill 442, by Sen. Ron Sharp, would make it unlawful …

Stricter Texting While Driving Measure Advances in Iowa

Iowa lawmakers granted initial approval of a bill that would further crack down on texting while driving by allowing officers to pull over motorists suspected of that sole offense. A three-member Senate transportation subcommittee unanimously approved the measure. It goes …