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11 States with the Highest Texting-While-Driving Fines

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On October 28, 2013 @ 1:44 pm In The Roadologist | No Comments

distracted driving [1]

Most drivers probably know by now that it’s not a great idea to text while driving [2]. But that isn’t stopping all drivers from from using phones behind the wheel [3].

Each day, about 660,000 drivers in the U.S. use a phone or other electronic device while driving, Mother Jones reports [4].

The report also notes that 385 car crash fatalities in 2011 involved cell phone use, and 21,000 injuries from vehicular accidents in that same year were cell phone related [5].

So it’s no wonder many states are implementing bans on texting while driving [6], and several of those bans come with hefty fines for first-time offenders. (Only four states have no ban, while five states impose limited bans.)

These 11 states have a maximum fee of $200 or more for a first offense of texting while driving:

  1. 1. Alaska: $10,000
  2. 2. Utah: $750
  3. 3. Indiana: $500
  4. 4. Maine: $500
  5. 5. Oregon: $500
  6. 6. New Jersey: $400
  7. 7. Wisconsin: $400
  8. 8. New York [7]: $243
  9. 9. North Carolina: $230
  10. 10. Hawaii: $200
  11. 11. Nebraska: $200

Check out the full list of state fees, as well as other stats about texting while driving, at Mother Jones [4].


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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/04/distracted-driving.jpg

[2] it’s not a great idea to text while driving: http://www.equipmentworld.com/wisconsin-texting-champ-urges-drivers-to-put-down-phones/

[3] isn’t stopping all drivers from from using phones behind the wheel: http://www.equipmentworld.com/anti-distraction-laws-arent-deterring-drivers/

[4] Mother Jones reports: http://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/10/numbers-texting-and-driving

[5] cell phone related: http://www.equipmentworld.com/hello-crash/

[6] bans on texting while driving: http://www.equipmentworld.com/keep-your-eyes-on-the-road-your-hands-upon-the-wheel/

[7] New York: http://www.equipmentworld.com/ny-u-can-txt-while-driving-in-special-zones/

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