• Mobile Phones
  • Telephones
  • State Laws

Can you use a cell phone while driving?

User Avatar

Wiki User

βˆ™ 2015-07-15 21:50:52

Best Answer

Its illegal to drive while talking on a cell phone without a headset in California.

Yes and No. Many countries all over the world have banned the use of hand held cellular phones while driving. In USA, New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia (DC) have banned use of hand held cell phones while driving. Some other states like Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, and Illinois have similar legislation pending.

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that drivers who used mobile phones while driving were four times more likely to crash than those not, a rate equal to that for drunken driving at the .01 level, which is 20% higher than the current .08 in all U.S. states.

At least 25 countries restrict or prohibit cell and other wireless technology: Israel, Japan, Portugal and Singapore all prohibit mobile phone use while driving. Australia, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Philippines, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. Drivers in the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom may use hands free cell phones but can be fined if they are involved in crashes while using such a phone.

More and more people are relying on cell phones and most of these use their cell phones while driving. There is an increased incidence of accidents due to people talking on cell phones while at the wheel of their cars. A person might take his hands off the wheel in order to dial a number or to receive a call on his cell phone. Even if you are using a hands free cell phone, you are very likely to get distracted by your conversation and not realize what is happening around you. This can be very dangerous especially while driving. Ideally you should avoid using a cell phone while driving, but if you must then here are some safety measures that you can take to avoid accidents:

Use a hands free cell phone.

Do not use your cell phone in heavy traffic situations.

Wait for a stop light to dial or ask a passenger if you have one.

Never have an emotionally heavy conversation while driving.

Use speed dialing and memory dialing. Become skilled at using your phone without seeing it.

Use your cell phone for only short talks.

Be ready to abruptly and hastily terminate your call.

Do not take any notes over your cell phone which you may have to write down.

Keep your cell phone visible and handy at all times so you don't have to look around for it if it rings suddenly.

Cell phones are certainly here to stay and till such time that their use while driving is completely banned everywhere, the only thing people can do is be a responsible citizen and use your cell phone properly, especially while driving. Remember that it is a potential hazard and also remind other cell phone users of it. Better still, DO NOT use your cell phone at all while driving. Wait till you have reached your destination or at least pull up to the side of the road.

In many states you can only use a cell phone while driving with a handsfree device. What is even worse than talking on the phone is texting while driving. If you have a handsfree device, make sure you have a lot of minutes, because it is easy to talk a long time when you are driving.

2015-07-15 21:50:52
This answer is:
User Avatar

Your Answer


Related Questions

Is it illegal to use your cell phone while driving in Tennessee?

Answer: It is illegal to use a hand-hold cell phone while driving enywhere.

Thesis statement for dangers of using cell phone while driving?

Yes, it is dangers to use a cell phone while driving.

What percentage of drivers use cell phones while driving?

89% of drivers use their cell phone while driving

Does cell phone use while driving cause a lot of car accidents?

Yes. This the main reason why there are cell phone use laws while driving.

Is it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in Ohio?

In Brooklyn, Ohio it is illegal tio use a cell phone while driving

When can you use a cell phone while driving?


Can you use a cell phone while driving if no traffic?


What is Pennsylvania's law on cell phone use while driving?

no interaction with your phone while driving, even when parked. thewasd5009

Is it legal to use cell phone while driving in Ontario?


Can you use a cell phone while driving in North Carolina?


What are some countries that prohibit cell phone use while driving?

Many countries around the world prohibit cell phone use while driving as distracted driving is a major hazard on the roadways today. Countries such as Denmark, Australia and Belgium prohibit the use of cell phones while driving.

Should a driver use a cell phone while driving?

They tell us that you are more likely to be in a collision while driving with a cell phone conversation going on, than driving while intoxicated. Pull over.

What are the statistics of accidents while using a cell phone while driving?

You increase the risk of having an accident by 400 percent every time you use your cell phone when driving

Is it illegal to use cell phone while driving in Ontario?


Should students use cell phones while driving?

No one should use cell phones while driving. Cell phone use while driving has been shown to cause as many accidents as drunk driving, even when hands-free devices are used. Texting while driving is even worse.

What is a good thesis statement on the topic of cell phone usage while driving?

Use of cell phones while driving - is it going to be the last call ?

Is there a law for the US for cell phone use while driving?

Many states in the United States have banned texting on cell phones while driving.

How do you beat a ticket for cell phone in car?

Don't use your cell phone while driving, it works every time.

When is it against the law for drivers to not use their cellular devices while driving?

you are not to use your cell phone at all when driving so even if your at a stop light its illegal to use your phone while on the road

What to do if you have a heart attack while driving?

pull over if you can and use cell phone

Can you use a cell phone while driving in Massachusetts?

Drivers can use the cell phone while driving as long as it does not get in the way of the vehicle's operation and one hand is on the wheel at all times. On Jan 24, 2008 the house passed H4477 which prohibits cell phone use while driving, unless using a hands free device. Under 18 can't use at all.

While driving if you need to use your cell phone?

pullover and use the phone only when you are parked in a safe and secure location

Can you use your cell phone while driving in Pennsylvania?

Yes you can but you are not able to text and drive!

Can I use cell phone in car while driving?

In some states this is not legal. I urge you not to do it.

What states ban cell phone use while driving?

California, New York