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Distracted Driving Laws

What are distracted driving laws?

Distracted driving laws are a set of laws that ban or prevent things or habits that may distract individuals when driving. These laws have also put forth penalties and fines for individuals who are caught for being careless while driving. Given below are important questions about the various laws that overlook distracted driving in different parts of United States.

What constitutes distracted driving?

Various things may be categorized as distracted driving. Some of the things are eating while driving, reading and shaving, applying makeup, holding pets or speaking on the phone.

Can an individual enter an address into the GPS on their phone while driving?

An individual may not be allowed to write, send or read any text messages on an electronic or wireless device when driving a vehicle. He/she may not be restricted from entering directions into a map or GPS on his/her phone. The law does not mention anything specific about a person being distracted while doing so.

How can an individual defend a distracted driving charge on the basis that they were using a map while driving?

The individual may have to convince the judge in court that they were not really using the map while driving and that they was just holding it in their hand and hence was not distracted.

Does Georgia have a law that prohibits the use of portable CD players in a car?

The law in Georgia only prohibits the use of electronic devices that may distract the driver. It does not specifically mention CD players but covers all portable devices in general.

What is the penalty for careless driving in the state of New Jersey?

If an individual was convicted of distracted driving, the individual may have to pay a fine of $85 in New Jersey. This offense may add 2 points to the individual’s driving license.

What penalty would an individual face if they were distracted while driving in Miami?

The distracted driving laws of Miami state that an individual who is convicted of the offense may have to pay a fine of $25-$250. This offense may add one point on the individual’s driving license. However, if they want to keep this charge off their driving record, this individual may have to take up driving school by paying the court administrative fees.

Is an individual who is learning to drive allowed to have passengers in the back seat of his/her car if they were accompanied by another legal adult driver?

An individual who is learning to drive may be allowed to have passengers in the back seat of their car provided they were accompanied by someone who has a legal driving license and is 21 years or older and the passengers do not distract the driver.

The rules and regulations that govern distracted driving may differ from state to state in the US. It is important for you to know what these are if you drive in any part of the country. Not knowing these laws and rules can put you in further trouble. You can consult an Expert if you want more information about distracted driving laws.
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