Comprehensive Cell Phone Laws Are Better At Reducing Crash Rates, New Study Finds

Texting while driving is illegal in most states, but what about reading or sending a text when you’re stopped at a red light, or texting if the phone is mounted on the dashboard? And is tapping the screen of your cell phone when using Google Maps or of your car’s touch-screen infotainment center legal?

Drivers and enforcement officers often have mixed interpretations of what is lawful, so wording in state laws that is more specific about what cell phone behavior is banned is essential and has the potential to cut crash rates.

Those are the highlights of a new study released earlier this month by the

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