Is it illegal for teen drivers to use cell phones while driving?

Beginning March 28, 2013, it is illegal for any teen driver with a Graduated Driver License Level 1 or Level 2 to use a cell phone while driving. "Use" means to initiate a call; answer a call; or listen to or engage in verbal communication through a cell phone.

This does not apply if the teen is using a voice-operated system that is integrated into the vehicle or if they use the cell phone to:

  • Report a traffic accident, medical emergency or serious road hazard.
  • Report a situation in which the teen believes his or her personal safety is in jeopardy.
  • Report or prevent the commitment of a crime or potential crime against the teen or another person.




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