We all know that using a phone while driving is problematic. It is extremely dangerous which makes the behavior wildly irresponsible.
In 2019, distraction was an element in 9% of all deadly accidents. What’s more, mobile phone use was an element in 13% of all deadly distraction-impacted crashes.
Each state has its own rules regarding hands-free driving, and Mississippi is no different. Read on to learn about Mississippi’s rules regarding mobile phone use while driving.
Mississippi Laws Regarding Cell Phone Use While Driving
According to the Mississippi State Legislature, you may not write, send, or read a text message while driving. In addition, you are also not allowed to access, read, or post on a social media site using a mobile phone while driving.
If you are caught using your phone behind the wheel, you may be fined $100. It’s also important to note that if you are issued a citation for using your cell phone while driving, the Department of Public Safety must retain and preserve citation records. The Department will also keep a record of the following:
- Your age,
- Your race,
- Whether you committed an additional traffic violation, and
- Whether you were involved in a crash or caused any damage to another car or passenger when you received the citation.
Tips for Driving Without Using Your Phone
The Mississippi State Department of Health recommends the following in order to eliminate cell phone use before driving:
- Make a habit out of powering off your cell phone when you get in the car and power it back on when you’re done driving.
- Put your phone in the trunk of your car so you aren’t tempted to use it.
- Explain that you do not use your cell phone while driving in your voicemail greeting and that you will return calls as soon as possible.
- Manage your route and schedule in a way that allows you enough time to make and return phone calls from where you are parked in one location before you drive to the next.
In addition, here are some tips for eliminating cell phone use while you are driving:
- Do not make or answer any calls, even using a hands-free device. If you need to make an emergency call, exit the road and park somewhere safe.
- Don’t send or read text messages or emails.
- Ask a passenger to use the phone for you.
- Allow another person to drive so you can use your phone as you please.
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