Legal Do’s and Don’ts of Texting and Driving

August 16th, 2019 by

In 2017, there were 3,166 deaths due to texting and driving-related incidents. 297 of those people were teens from 15 to 19-year olds.Texting and driving in poor weather conditions increase the chances of getting in an accident. It is important to Superior Automotive Group that all drivers are informed and safe while driving on the roads.

Arkansas Motor Vehicle and Traffic Law: Subchapter 15 – Paul’s Law: To Prohibit Drivers From Using a Wireless Communication Device While Operating a Motor Vehicle

What you CAN do with your phone while driving

If you are under the age of 18

  • Not permitted to use a cell phone under any circumstances while driving. This also prohibits you from using hands-free technology, unless it is to make a call to 9-1-1 or in emergency situations

If you are between 18 and 21

  • Permitted to make phone calls using hands-free technology and not permitted to hold the phone unless making an emergency call
  • Permitted to use a device in hands-free mode
    • Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, vehicle voice-command system, etc.
    • Allowed to use GPS navigation apps if the app functions through the hands-free technology and without touching the device

If you are older than 21

  • Permitted to make phone calls, with or without hands-free technology
  • Permitted to use a device’s GPS or “Maps” function to navigate to a destination
    • Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc.
  • Exception to this rule: hands-free technology must be used when in a school zone or work zone

What you CANNOT do with your phone while driving

You cannot use your phone to do anything besides making phone calls – including while at a stop light or stop sign

  • Texting
  • Instant Messaging
  • Google-ing or retrieving data
  • Composing, reading or sending emails
  • Access, read or post to social media networks
  • Take photos or videos

 

Superior Automotive Group does not condone or encourage the use of mobile phone or electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. If you feel as though you need to use a phone while driving, it is safest to pull into a parking lot and park the vehicle before using the device.

For more information on traffic laws and the fines/penalties for these offenses, please use one of the links below:

https://www.drivinglaws.org/arkansas.php
https://www.arkansashighways.com/act300/AR_Motor_Vehicle_2015E.pdf
https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

 

 

 

 

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