Driver distractions cause crashes, injuries and deaths. In 2004, the District of Columbia enacted laws to restrict mobile phone use while driving. Here's what you need to know:
- It is illegal for motorists to use a mobile phone or other electronic device while driving in the District of Columbia, unless the telephone or device is equipped with a hands-free accessory.
- "Other electronic device" includes hand-held computers, pagers, PDAs, and video games.
- Individuals with a learner's permit and school bus drivers are prohibited from using any mobile phone or other electronic device, even if it has a hands-free accessory, unless they are placing an emergency call.
- The penalty for violating the law is $100. There are no points imposed on violators.
Find out more about the Distracted Driving Safety Act of 2004, and restrictions on mobile phone use while driving.