Select states prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. Eight states have made talking on a cell phone a primary offense and the driver can be pulled over by a police officer without another traffic violation occurring. Sending text messages is also prohibited in 33 states. A list of the states and their current laws with hand held cells phones can be viewed on the Governors Highway Safety Association Web site. The specific states' current laws are as follows:
Eight states prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. These states include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington.
Thirteen states have no laws that address voice calls made with a handheld device. They include Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Ten states have no laws that address the issue of texting while driving. Those states include Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and South Dakota.
Eight states have no laws limiting the use of cell phones for calling or texting while driving. They include Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and South Dakota.