Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States. There are various things that can cause distraction while driving, such as eating and drinking, talking on a cell phone, texting, talking to passengers, fiddling with GPS devices and car stereos, applying make up, and so on. Since distracted driving can lead to car accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities, it is regarded as a serious traffic violation, and there are laws that stipulate punishments, including fines and license suspensions.
Distracted Driving in Arkansas
In the state of Arkansas, there is a law that prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones in school zones and highway work zones. All drivers are prohibited from text messaging, and those who violate this prohibition, face fines of up to $100. If you are under 18 years of age, you are not allowed to use a cell phone, be it with or without a hands-free accessory. Violators face fines of up to $50. Text messaging is prohibited for all drivers, no matter what age they are.
Drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 must use hands-free accessories for their cell phones if they want to be able to talk on their phones while driving. If you are not using a hands-free accessory, you may get a $50 fine.
If you are a novice driver, you are prohibited from talking on a cell phone while driving, be it hands-free or hand-held. Novice drivers are considered all drivers that are under 18 years of age. Additionally, all school bus drivers are also prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. The hand-held ban for drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 is primarily enforced, as is the text messaging ban.
A primary enforcement means that if a police officer notices that you are violating any of these prohibitions, they can pull you over even if they haven't noticed any other violation first. Secondary enforcement means that a police officer can only pull you over if they see you commit another, primary violation, such as speeding or running a red light.
When Drivers can use Cell Phones
There are some situations, however, when drivers are allowed to use their cell phones. For example, you are allowed to make a phone call even without a hands-free accessory in case of emergency.
If you get fined for using a cell phone while driving, you can pay the fine online, by mail, or in person using personal checks, money order, or cash.