Travel Nurses Need to Know State Cell Phone Laws While Driving
The best part of being a travel nurse is working in a new facility and exploring an entirely new part of the country. Enjoy great scenic drives and exploring what your new travel assignment city has to offer. We all know that our cell phone is an important way to communicate with others, and texting, has definitely made life easier keeping in touch with our professional and social circles. Communication is important, but safety is a main concern when it comes to using a cell phone while driving. Since travel nurses are always on the go, a cell phone is an imperative item to have to stay in contact with others.
Unfortunately, using a cell phone while driving has been the cause for many car accidents; today, many states have put a ban on usage while driving. If you are travel nursing, it is important to be aware of the cell phone laws of each state. Always, hold off on texting while driving, you could receive a ticket or much worse. Drivers that use cell phones are four times more likely to get into a serious car crash than those that refrain from using their hand held devices. There are 39 states ban using a cell phone while driving, which include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Map Source: www.iihs.org/laws/maptextingbans.aspx
Both talking on your cell phone and texting are both considered using a cell phone and banned in 39 states. You can view a map of what states specifically ban cell phone use, including texting. Being in a new place during an assignment can be exciting, and being able to explore what that state has to offer through attractions and scenery is what all travel nurses look forward to. After all, that is why you decided on becoming a travel nurse!