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					                                                     – 2012 State of the States –
                                                                                   T RA F FI C                    S AFETY                    L AW S
                                      GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSING 1                             CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY 4                   OCCUPANT RESTRAINT                                    DISTRACTED DRIVING
                                                                                                                       Booster Seat                                                Hand-Held                              Text
                                3-Stage Graduated          Night              Passenger           Booster Seat                              Seat Belt           Standard                              Teen Cell
           State                 Driver Licensing       Restrictions         Restrictions          Required
                                                                                                                      Required Up To
                                                                                                                                             Laws              Enforcement
                                                                                                                                                                                   Cell Phone
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Phone Ban
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Messaging
                                                                                                                          Age 8                                                       Ban                                 Ban

        Alabama                        G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 G                  H
          Alaska                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 H                  G
         Arizona                       G                     G                     G                  H                       H               G                    H                  H                 H                  H
                                                                                                                                                                                                             7
        Arkansas                       G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
        California                     G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  G                 G7                 G
        Colorado                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H                 G                  G
       Connecticut                     G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    G                  G                 G                  G
        Delaware                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  G                 G                  G
            D.C.                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  G                 G                  G
          Florida                      G                     G                     H                  H                       H               G                    G                  H                 H                  H
         Georgia                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
          Hawaii                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H6                H                  H6
           Idaho                       G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    H                  H                 H                  H
          Illinois                     G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
         Indiana                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
            Iowa                       G                     G                     H                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 G                  G7
         Kansas                        G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
        Kentucky                       G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
                                                                                                                                                                                                            9
        Louisiana                      G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
           Maine                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
                                                                                                                                                                                          7                 7
        Maryland                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  G                 G                  G
     Massachusetts                     G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H                 G                  G
        Michigan                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 H                  G
        Minnesota                      G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
       Mississippi                     G                     G                     H                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 G 10               H
         Missouri                      G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H                 G 10               H
         Montana                       G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    H                  H                 H                  H
        Nebraska                       G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    H                  H                 G7                 G7
         Nevada                        G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    H                  G                 H                  G
                                           2
     New Hampshire                     H                     G                     G                  G                       H               H                  N/A                  H                 H                  G
       New Jersey                      G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  G                 G                  G
       New Mexico                      G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 G                  H
        New York                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  G                 H                  G
     North Carolina                    G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
      North Dakota                     G                     G                     H                  G                       H               G                    H                  H                 G                  G
            Ohio                       G                     G                     G                  G    5                  G    5          G                    H                  H                 H                  H
        Oklahoma                       G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 G                  H
         Oregon                        G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  G                 G                  G
      Pennsylvania                     G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H                 H                  G 11
      Rhode Island                     G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
     South Carolina                    G                     G                     G                  G                       H               G                    G                  H                 H                  H
      South Dakota                     G                     G                     H                  H                       H               G                    H                  H                 H                  H
       Tennessee                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  G
           Texas                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 G                  H
            Utah                       G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H8                H                  G
         Vermont                       G                    H                      G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H                 G                  G
         Virginia                      G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H                 G7                 G7
       Washington                      G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  G                 G                  G
      West Virginia                    G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H                 G                  H
        Wisconsin                      G                     G                     G                  G                       G               G                    G                  H                 H                  G
        Wyoming                        G3                    G                     G                  G                       G               G                    H                  H                 H                  G

    TOTAL (Includes D.C.)             50                    50                     46                 48                      32              50                   33                 10                34                36


1    All 50 states have some form of Graduated Driver Licensing.
2    New Hampshire does not set a minimum holding period for a learner’s permit.
3    In Wyoming, the holding period for the learner’s permit is only 10 days long.
4    All states require child restraints for children under age 4 and/or 40 lbs.
5    Booster seat law is secondarily enforced.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LEGEND:
6    In Hawaii, all major counties ban handheld cell phone use and text messaging while driving.
7    Law is secondarily enforced.                                                                                                                                                                                 G Yes
8    In Utah, a driver that commits amoving traffic violation other tha speeding, while using a handheld cell phone, can also be charged with the offense of ‘careless driving’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  H No
9    In Louisiana, there is a handheld ban that is secondary for drivers age 18 and older in their first year of licensure.
10   In Mississippi and Missouri, novice drivers are prohibited only from text messaging.                                                                                                                         January 2012
11   Pennsylvania’s texting ban is effective March 8, 2012.                                                                                                                                                       07/11-PS#AA425

				
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