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Distracted Driving

By its nature, driving requires multitasking and the skills to pay attention to several things at once. Our ability to drive safely depends on a focused effort—it’s a recipe for disaster for a driver to take on additional tasks and unrelated mental engagement while traveling down the road.

Advancing technology—and the greater numbers of smart phones as well as our reliance on these devices have combined to generate a growing hazard of inattentive drivers on our roadways.

North Dakota is doing something about it. There’s a law and it is being enforced.

Distracted Driving Law

Text messaging is prohibited for all drivers.

Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any electronic communications devices, including cell phones.

Effective August 1, 2017, the law was expanded to include distracted driving to mean any distraction that impairs the ability to safely operate the vehicle.

  • If you’re distracted while driving and commit a traffic violation, the driver (any age) can be given a $100 citation for distracted driving. This new expanded part of the law is effective August 1, 2017.
  • For more detailed information, view the North Dakota Century Code 39-08-25