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You’ve heard it over and over again—texting while driving is dangerous. But while some people take it to heart, others ignore the statistics that report over 1.6 million texting-related car accidents per year. As smartphones become more intertwined with our daily routines, states have implemented penalties to circumvent the growing rate of accidents. Which states penalize drivers who text behind the wheel?

The top five states with the harshest penalties (for the first offense) are:

  1. Alaska: Maximum $10,000 fine and a year jail sentence
  2. Utah: Maximum $750 fine and a 90-day jail sentence
  3. Maine: Maximum $500 fine
  4. Wisconsin: Maximum $400 fine and 4 points added to your license
  5. New York: Maximum $235 fine and 3 points added to your license

The top five states with the most lenient penalties (for the first offense) are:

  1. Pennsylvania: Maximum $50 fine
  2. Delaware: Maximum $50 fine
  3. Indiana: Maximum $35.50 fine
  4. Iowa: Maximum $30 fine
  5. Virginia: Maximum $20 fine

For multiple offenses, or if the driver causes damage or injury to third parties, the penalty is likely to be increased in many states. Learn about other state's laws and Texas' distracted driving law below:

State Hand-held Ban All Cell Phone Ban Text Messaging Ban Crash
School Bus Drivers Novice Drivers All
School Bus Drivers Novice Drivers
Texas* Yes, w/ passenger aged <17

Yes, w/ passenger <17


*Texas has banned the use of hand-held phones and texting in school zones.

Drivers who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident, which is a higher likelihood than that of intoxicated drivers. All text messages, emails and other notifications can wait until you’re safely parked.

Coverage is also the law. Call Raymond Longoria Insurance at (956) 581-1034 for more information on Laredo auto insurance.

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