New York state joins Washington and 16 other states in banning text messaging while driving

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that New York has joined Washington state in banning text messaging by all drivers. The New York law is effective November 1, 2009.

About half of the states still have no cell phone bans while eight states have only partial bans. Click here for a list of cell phone laws by state.

Washington State has banned all drivers from using a hand-held cell phone and text messaging while driving. The states with cell phone bans vary in their approach. Some states only place the ban on drivers younger than 18 and school bus drivers.

Washington state cell phone laws apply to all drivers but the offense is categorized as “secondary.” That means that a driver will not be ticketed unless he or she is stopped for another offense like speeding, illegal lane change or running a stop light.

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