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Maximum First-Offense Penalties for Texting and Driving

Posted on the 01 November 2013 by Webforjason

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Most states have laws against texting and driving, but the laws are certainly wide-ranging when you look at how people are punished from one state to another.

Alaska is known as the Last Frontier, home to independent spirits who prefer to be left alone from an over-meddling government. However, the least densely populated of our states has the highest level of financial punishment for those caught texting and driving, leaving the other 49 states in the dust.

If you get caught texting and driving in Alaska, you can be fined $10,000 and be put in jail for a year. To put that into context, the median fine for texting and driving violations in the United States is a mere $100 in comparison.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, four states have no texting ban at all on their books: Montana, South Dakota, Arizona, and South Carolina. Some states have texting ban laws, but cannot pull drivers over for the offense. So, unless you’re speeding while texting (or committing some other moving violation), you are free to do what you please.

New York recently enacted "tougher" distracted driving laws. In fact, AAA New York referred to the changes as "the toughest regulations in the nation" against distracted driving. So, how much tougher is the law now?

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