Local law enforcement issued 4,195 citations to drivers for texting or talking with a hand-held
cell phone during Delaware’s first and second wave of the Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other. campaign.
During National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April 2012, Delaware conducted an enforcement initiative that led to local law enforcement issuing 339 cell phone tickets in one day.
In 2011, 9,842 tickets were issued to Delaware drivers for using their cell phones while driving.
Delaware has primary laws that prohibit ALL drivers from texting, or using handheld cell phones while driving unless they employ a hands-free device. Having a “primary law” means that an officer can ticket the driver for the offense without any other traffic violation taking place.
Although no State bans all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for all drivers, Delaware prohibits ALL cell phone use for the following drivers:
•Novice drivers with a learner’s permit and/or intermediate license holders (primary law)
•School bus drivers (primary law)
Remember, law enforcement WILL be enforcing cell phone and texting laws.
Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.