Know Distracted Driving laws before Spring Break road trips, says AAA Colorado

Denver, March 4 – With schools dismissing for Spring Break this month, many Coloradans are planning a road trip. Distracted driving laws, specifically bans on texting and cell phone use, differ from state to state. AAA Colorado recommends that motorists know these rules of the road before embarking on interstate travel or renting a car at their Spring Break destination. Below are the distracted laws for Colorado and ten neighboring states.

Colorado Text messaging is prohibited for all drivers. Persons under 18 are prohibited from using a wireless telephone while driving.
Arizona Phoenix and Tucson have a ban on texting while driving for all drivers.
California It is illegal to use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle unless the cell phone is being used in hands-free mode. Persons under age 18 may not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device of any kind. All drivers are prohibited from using a wireless communication device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving.
Kansas Texting while driving is prohibited.
Nebraska All drivers are prohibited from text messaging while driving.
Nevada Texting while driving and handheld cell phone use while driving are prohibited.
New Mexico Instruction and provisional license holders are banned from using any wireless devices while driving. Drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cellular phones in Santa Fe and Las Cruces.
Oklahoma Drivers can be cited for not devoting full time and attention to driving if observed by a police officer driving in such a manner that poses an articulable danger to other persons on the roadway or if the driver is involved in an accident.
Texas The use of a wireless communication device while driving in a school zone is prohibited unless the device is hands free. Drivers under 18 are prohibited from using a wireless communication device. Drivers in El Paso are prohibited from text messaging or using a handheld cell phone while driving. Drivers in Arlington, Austin, Galveston, McAllen, Missouri City, San Antonio, and Stephenville are prohibited from texting while driving.
Utah Drivers under age 18 are prohibited from using a wireless telephone while driving. The use of a hand-held wireless communications device for text messaging or e-mail communication while driving is prohibited.
Wyoming Texting while driving is prohibited. In Cheyenne, drivers are banned from handheld cell phone use.

Spring break motorists should also be aware of state-by-state laws on seat belt use, child passenger restraints, tire chains and move over regulations. The AAA Digest of Motor Laws, available at, contains laws and rules related to driving and owning a motor vehicle in all 50 United States and Canada.

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