New Cell Phone and Texting Law




Delaware's hands free cell phone law has been in effect since 2011 and bans all drivers from using hand held cell phones, pagers, PDAs, blackberrys, laptops, games or portable computers while driving. Drivers are not allowed to talk without using a hands-free device, read, write or send text messages, email or use the Internet while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers caught using a hand-held device will be fined roughly $106 ($50 base fine with fees) for their first offense, with subsequent penalties reaching up to $350 with fees.

Since the law went into effect there have been over 54,000 cell phone citations issued statewide to-date. Delaware became the 30th State in the nation to have a texting ban, and the 8th to also ban the use of hand held cell phones. No State completely bans the use of cell phones altogether.

Delaware's cell phone law can be found here under Title 21 ยง 4176C Electronic communication devices; penalties.

More information can be found at www.distraction.gov.