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Startling: See Texting While Driving Penalties by State

Startling: See Texting While Driving Penalties by State

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, but how much money can it cost you if you get caught? Take a look at the infographic below to see texting and driving fines by state, or scroll down to see what the penalties are for using a cellphone behind the wheel in your location.

Fines for texting and driving in every state

Alabama

The texting while driving fine for a primary offense in Alabama is $25. Fines increase for subsequent offenses.

Alaska

If you use your cell phone while driving in Alaska, watch out. Texting and driving is considered a misdemeanor by Alaska law and carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and one year in prison.

Arizona

Arizona currently does not have a statewide law in place to enforce texting and driving fines.

Arkansas

Arkansas residents who use their mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle can face a fine of up to $100.

California

Those who text and drive in California could face a penalty of $25. A subsequent offense will cost residents $50.

Colorado

Better use a hands-free device in Colorado unless you want a traffic ticket. Texting while driving carries a penalty of $50 for a first-time offense. The fine doubles for a second offense.

Connecticut

If Connecticut law enforcement catches you using an electronic device while driving, you could pay up to $125 in fines.

Delaware

The fine for texting and driving in Delaware is $50 for a first offense.

Florida

In Florida, a police officer can only charge you with texting and driving if you commit another traffic violation while doing so. Nevertheless, sending a text message while driving can cost you $30 in the Sunshine State.

Georgia

Texting and driving fines in Georgia are some of the highest in the nation. You’ll have to pay up to $150 for violating this distracted driving law as well as tack on one point to your driver record.

Hawaii

Don’t even think about sending text messages while driving in Hawaii. The state’s fine for doing so is $297 — and that’s just for a first offense!

Idaho

The penalty for texting while driving in Idaho is a fine of up to $85. Better off using a hands-free phone!

Illinois

For breaking the texting and driving law in Illinois, residents could pay up to $75 in fines.

Indiana

Driver inattention caused by texting and driving is a major offense in Indiana. Using a mobile phone behind the wheel can cost residents as much as $500.

Iowa

In Iowa, the fine for using a cell phone while driving is $30. If you cause a car crash or car accident due to texting and driving, however, you could pay as much as $1,000.

Kansas

In Kansas, using a mobile phone behind the wheel carries a maximum penalty of $60.

Kentucky

The fine and penalty for texting while driving in Kentucky is $25.

Louisiana

Driver distraction is taken very seriously in Louisiana. A first offense for texting and driving carries a penalty of $175.

Maine

Using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle in Maine is prohibited and carries a fine of $100.

Maryland

Maryland residents can be pulled over for texting while driving and fined up to $100.

Massachusetts

A first-time texting while driving offender in Massachusetts could pay up to $100 in fines. For a second offense, the penalty increases to $250.

Michigan

If you text and drive in Michigan, you could pay up to $100 in fines.

Minnesota

Minnesota’s fines for texting while driving have recently increased. Now you could pay up to $225 for a first offense.

Mississippi

In Mississippi, drivers can be fined up to $100 for using a cell phone while operating a vehicle.

Missouri

Texting while driving laws in Missouri only apply to drivers ages 21 and under or those with a commercial driver license. If you’re a school bus driver, teen driver or novice driver, you could face up to $200 in fines for texting and driving.

Montana

Montana currently has no statewide laws in place that prohibit texting and driving.

Nebraska

In Nebraska, texting while driving carries a fee of up to $200 for a first-time offense. You could also get up to three points added to your driving record.

Nevada

Texting while driving can cost offenders in Nevada up to $50. Fines increase for subsequent offenses.

New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, the fine for using a mobile phone while driving is $100.

New Jersey

Highway safety is no joke in the Garden State. If you use a cell phone behind the wheel in New Jersey you could pay a penalty of up to $400!

New Mexico

New Mexico enacted a statewide ban on texting and driving in 2014. The fine for a first offense is $25.

New York

Traffic safety laws in New York prohibit drivers from using an electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. Fines for a first offense can be as high as $200.

North Carolina

Using a cell phone while driving carries a fine of $100 in North Carolina.

North Dakota

In North Dakota, the fine for texting and driving is $100.

Ohio

If you’re under the age of 18 in Ohio and get caught texting while driving, you could pay up to $150 and have your license suspended for six months! 

Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, first-time texting and driving offenders can pay up to $100. Those who text and drive also risk losing their driver license or getting a driver license suspension.

Oregon

Texting and driving in Oregon will cost you a pretty penny. The maximum penalty for using a mobile phone while driving a car is $500.

Pennsylvania

Fines for texting while driving in Pennsylvania are $50 for a first offense.

Rhode Island

Using a smartphone while driving in Rhode Island carries a fine of $85.

South Carolina

If you violate the anti-texting and driving law in South Carolina you will have to pay a fine of $25.

South Dakota

Using a mobile device while driving is prohibited in South Dakota and carries a fine of $100.

Tennessee

For texting and driving in Tennessee, you could face a fine of $50 plus court fees of up to $10.

Texas

There is no statewide ban against using a cell phone behind the wheel in Texas, although nearly 100 cities have adopted local laws against texting and driving.

Utah

Utah has the second highest fine for texting and driving in the nation — $750. Violators of the state’s anti-text and drive law could also face jail time.

Vermont

In Vermont, fines for texting and driving are capped at $100 for a first-time offense. Penalties increase for a second offense.

Virginia

Texting while driving is a secondary offense in Virginia, which means that residents have to be cited for another traffic violation in order to be charged with it. Fines for using a smartphone while operating a car can be as high as $125 in the Old Dominion state.

Washington

The fine for texting and driving in Washington is $124.

West Virginia

Text messaging while driving in West Virginia carries a fine of $100 for a first offense.

Wisconsin

Using a handheld device while driving in Wisconsin can cost residents a whopping $400.

Wyoming

To enforce the anti-text and drive law in Wyoming, legislators have enacted a fine of up to $75.