The DON’TS of Texting and Driving

You probably know by now that using a cell phone or any other electronic device while driving isn’t necessarily the best thing to do and, in most cases, is illegal across the United States, but did you know that texting and driving causes 1.6 million car accidents in the US every year? We believe that every driver should understand the rules of texting while behind the wheel since distracted driving causes 1.6 million car accidents in the US every year.

In Arkansas, we have what’s known as Paul’s Law, which essentially prohibits drivers from using wireless devices while operating a vehicle. So let’s talk about what this means for Arkansas drivers.

If you are under the age of 18, you’re not allowed to use a phone with or without using hands-free technology for any reason while driving. The one and only exception to this rule is if you have to make a call to 9-1-1.

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 21, you’re only allowed to make phone calls using some type of hands-free technology. You’re also only allowed to use GPS navigation if the app platform functions through hands-free technology and without actually touching the device.

If you happen to be older than 21, you are then permitted to make phone calls with or without hands-free technology and use a device’s GPS to navigate to a destination. However, when in a school zone, hands-free must be in use. You still cannot use your phone to text, read emails, access social media, take photos or search the internet. If you feel as if you need to use a phone for any reason while driving, please pull off the road into a safe location before attempting to do so.

Here at Mclarty Daniel, we feel very strongly about this issue and do not condone using a wireless device at any time while on the road. For more safety tips about driving, check out our blog post about safe driving habits you should adopt.