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Cell Phone and Safety Belt Laws By State

If you wonder as you pass through a state what their laws are regarding cell phone use and the use of seat belts, this list with some of the states should help:

State Cell Phones Safety Belts
     
Connecticut Hand-held phones may not be uses while driving Required for drivers and front-seat passengers; standard offense
Delaware No restrictions Required for driver and all passengers; standard offense
Maine No restrictions Required for driver and all passengers; primary offense
Maryland No restrictions Required for driver and front-seat passengers; primary offense
Massachusetts No restrictions Required for driver and all passengers; secondary offense for adults; standard offense for children
New Hampshire If the use of a cell hone causes anyone to drive negligently or to endanger any person or property, it is a prosecutable offense Required for children under 18 only; standard offense
New Jersey Hand-held phones may not be used while driving; secondary offense Required for driver and front-seat passengers; standard offense
New York Hand-held phones may not be used while driving Required for driver and front-seat passengers; primary offense
Pennsylvania No restrictions Required for driver and front-seat passengers; standard offense; violation of booster-seat law is a secondary offense
Rhode Island Motorists under 18 may not use phones while driving Required for driver and all passengers; secondary offense for ages 18 and older; standard offense for children
Vermont No restrictions Required for driver and all passenger; secondary offense for ages 16 and older; standard offense for children

 

Washington D.C. Hand-held phones may not be used while driving; drivers with learner’s permits may not use cell phones of any type while driving; distracted driving is prohibited Required for driver and all passengers; primary offense

 

 

NOTE:  Laws listed as “primary” or “Standard” offenses are violations for which a driver can be pulled over without other caused.  Laws listed as “secondary” offenses are citable only if the driver is stopped for a primary reason.