Iowa has become the 21st state to ban text messaging by all drivers and the 23rd state to ban novice drivers from using any wireless communications device behind the wheel.
Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed the bill on April 1, with the new law going into effect July 1.
“This is all about keeping our roads safe, and it will benefit everyone,” Culver said.
For adult drivers, a violation is considered a secondary offense; police cannot pull someone over for texting, but can issue a citation as a part of a non-related vehicle stop.
Drivers with intermediate licenses are also prohibited from talking on any hand-held device, especially those under 17 years of age. Officers can enforce the ban against these drivers as a primary offense.
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