Memorial Day weekend is one of the premiere road trip holidays. According to the American Automobile Association, more than 30 million people will hit the road this weekend, averaging 642 miles each. That means, for many, crossing state lines. And nowadays, that's more confusing than ever. Speed limits may vary, but at least those are posted. Cell phone laws, however, are much more confusing.

For example, if you were driving from Michigan to Florida, you could legally text while driving in Ohio and Florida, where there are no laws banning it. But in between, it's illegal, as 38 states have laws against texting while driving.

There are 10 states where you couldn't hold my phone to my ear, as these states ban drivers from using hand held devices and require hands-free cell phone use.

Younger drivers, those with learners permits or under 18, may face stricter enforcement in some states, though it's unclear exactly how a cop can figure out someone's age at 70 miles per hour.

Of course, some cities have their own laws, as well, banning everything from texting while driving to dancing with girls. Make sure you know those laws as well. Or, just stay home, no one really wants to go to Bomont anyway. To see exactly what your state's laws are regarding cell phone use while driving, check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety listing or scroll through the maps in our gallery above.


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      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      They really need to ban using the phone in all states, I have had to many cars almost run into me while the person is texting or dialing.
      Justin B.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The thing that really pisses me off is that NOTHING is being done to enforce the law here in New York. Imagine the cash NY and other states could be literally raking in if they just started fining these yapping idiots.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        You're right but few agencies have the manpower to enforce these laws strictly.
        Worx2749
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        A relative who lives in upstate NY tells me the cops show no hesitation in handing out $100 tickets. Of course, upstate and NYC are two different worlds.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      It all boils down to inattentiveness. We all see them, they're easy to spot, wandering in their lane, not reacting to traffic conditions, driving slower than surrounding traffic on highways, etc., etc. It is absolutely scary sometimes. By the way, what is so gawd awful important that people have to sit in their cars and blab continually for? Can't it wait? What's so important that these things can't wait? Just because the technology exists doesn't give anyone the right to risk the life of others.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      dkfireblade
      • 2 Years Ago
      Georgia does ban drivers under 18 from talking on cellphone while driving. Just an FYI.
      wt7337
      • 2 Years Ago
      The map shows Hawaii with no ban, which is true on the state level, but each of the four major counties (Hawaii, Maui, Kaui and Honolulu) have each enacted their own bans, so using a cell phone while driving is indeed illegal throughout the state.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should out a cell Jammer in every car. It can only be turned off when the car is in park just like they do with the in dash DVD players. It would end the whole issue. Here is a good one for you guys. I was on a field trip with my daughter and rode the bus with them. While we were driving, I seen a womeny scratching off squares on a cashword lottery ticket while she was driving. Then saw another women digging her suburban's center console up to her elbow while driving down the road. Cell phones are not the only problem.
        wickedme91
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Cell phones are not the problem - its the drivers..... Hope all the self driving cars trials work out so that those of us who enjoy driving properly can do that properly instead of trying to avoid idiots breaking every single rule.....
          - v o c t u s -
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wickedme91
          I actually think it's experience. You do something long enough you get skilled at it. I consider myself a damn good, attentive driver and I rarely answer calls when driving, but when I do I seem to make mistakes that like not realizing a light is green and getting honked at. It's a matter of being good at multitasking or not.
      Nick Formby
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's be honest, you're an idiot if you text or make a phone call (unaided) while driving. It really isn't a concern for anyone that is sane, as they would know what distracts them from driving, therefore not doing whatever that may be.
        Evan Hayden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Formby
        I certainly agree with your premise, but I'd like to add that distracted driving is everyone's problem, not just those who are the culprits. If someone's texting in the opposite lane of traffic on a highway and veers in front of you at 50mph, it's your problem as well. I can't believe it's still legal in some states...
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only time I ever talk on the phone is if I'm lost. Sure it's still a risk, but it's minimized and honestly probably safer than wandering around lost and paying more attention to street signs than the road. The solution isn't making cell phone jammers standard in every car, it's everybody using their cell phone at a minimum while driving and being responsible about it, just like EVERYTHING that is or is becoming mandated by the government (overating/fast food, alcohol, speeding, etc).
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I disagree with the basic premise of the article...EVERY state has laws against distracted driving and cellphone usage is prima facie evidence of distracted driving...unless the state has specific laws allowing hands-free cellphone use or specific laws stating hand-held cellphone use is NOT probable cause, guess what? You CAN and probably SHOULD be pulled over for distracted driving for yapping on the phone or texting. Just STFU and drive.
      Phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, sure sometimes I talk on the cell while driving but if traffic gets heavy or other situations arise I hang up. That being said I need new tires on my Morris Minor because some expletive ran a stop sign in front of me with a cell phone glued to his ear last Friday.
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