11 States with the Highest Texting-While-Driving Fines
Amanda Bayhi | October 28, 2013
Most drivers probably know by now that it’s not a great idea to text while driving. But that isn’t stopping all drivers from from using phones behind the wheel.
Each day, about 660,000 drivers in the U.S. use a phone or other electronic device while driving, Mother Jones reports.
The report also notes that 385 car crash fatalities in 2011 involved cell phone use, and 21,000 injuries from vehicular accidents in that same year were cell phone related.
So it’s no wonder many states are implementing bans on texting while driving, and several of those bans come with hefty fines for first-time offenders. (Only four states have no ban, while five states impose limited bans.)
These 11 states have a maximum fee of $200 or more for a first offense of texting while driving:
- 1. Alaska: $10,000
- 2. Utah: $750
- 3. Indiana: $500
- 4. Maine: $500
- 5. Oregon: $500
- 6. New Jersey: $400
- 7. Wisconsin: $400
- 8. New York: $243
- 9. North Carolina: $230
- 10. Hawaii: $200
- 11. Nebraska: $200
MORE FROM The Roadologist
- Vehicles covered in oil and grime after construction project gone wrong991 Views
- Think you're a good driver? Try staying in these crooked lanes [VIDEO]959 Views
- Homeless forced to relocate due to bridge construction461 Views
- A road without fibers is a road soon to be in need of repair439 Views
- How to become a more productive highway construction worker342 Views