Texting and Cellphone Restrictions for Underage Drivers
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Motorists who are under the age of 18 and are using an instruction permit or class D license are completely prohibited from “engaging in wireless communication” while driving. In other words, these underage motorists aren’t allowed to talk on the phone or write, send, or read text messages while operating a vehicle. The wireless communication ban applies to cellphones, tablets, messaging devices, laptops, and all substantially similar devices.
Exceptions. The underage cellphone and texting ban doesn’t apply to:
• reporting traffic accidents, medical emergencies, or serious road hazards
• reporting a situation where the motorist believes his or her safety is in jeopardy
• reporting criminal or potential criminal activity against a person, or
• device use while lawfully parked.
Fines and points for violations. An underage texting or cellphone ticket normally costs $150. However, for violations involving an accident, the fine is doubled to $300. A violation will also add one demerit point to the motorist’s driving record.