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Texting and Driving Penalty Variance by State

Texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents each year, according to the National Safety Council. Yes, you read that right. This is an extremely alarming statistic, which is one of the main reasons certain states are developing harsh penalties to keep the roads safer.



In Alaska, texting and driving can result in a $10,000 fine and a YEAR in prison. That’s enough to make anyone stop a bad habit!



These states follow Alaska in severity, according to OnlineAutoInsurance.com:



Utah: Maximum $750 fine and a 90-day jail sentence

Maine: Maximum $500 fine

Wisconsin: Maximum $400 fine, plus 4 points added to your license

New York: Maximum $235 fine, plus 3 points added to your license

Note, these are all for the first offense



Also, the punishment in many states goes up if there is damage and or injury.



These are the states with the weakest penalty, according to OnlineAutoInsurance.com:



Virginia: Penalty is $20

Iowa: Maximum $30 fine

Indiana: Maximum $35.50 fine

Delaware: Maximum $50 fine

Pennsylvania: Maximum $50 fine

Note, these are all for the first offense



The reality is texting while driving is not safe. OnlineAutoInsurance.com says the risk of getting into a crash is 23 times higher if you are texting behind the wheel. Pay attention to the road, don’t get distracted and as always, make sure you have proper auto insurance coverage for when accidents do occur.

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