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GHSA News Release

April 26, 2011

Contact: Jonathan Adkins or Kara Macek
(202)789-0942, ext. 13 or ext. 14
(202)669-9746, cell

North Dakota Enacts Texting While Driving Ban

31 States Have Acted Since 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) congratulates North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, the State Legislature and the North Dakota Department of Transportation as that state becomes the 31st to ban texting by all drivers.

The new law is primary enforcement -- meaning law enforcement officers can ticket a driver solely on the basis of texting while driving. The law becomes effective August 1 and includes a fine of $100 on drivers caught texting.

Washington State was the first state to enact a texting ban in May of 2007. Since that time, 30 other states have acted. GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha notes, "In just a little less than four years, a clear majority of states have acted to ban this dangerous driving behavior. We anticipate another 10 states may pass similar laws within the next year. Regardless of the law, the safest practice is to put your phone away and focus on driving." 

For a full list of state laws regulating texting and cell phone use while driving, visit:

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