Most U.S. states ban texting and driving, and about a third ban the use of handheld cellphones while driving. Similar bans exist worldwide, but punishments and guidelines vary. Here is a look at some notable laws and provisions.
- Cape Town, South Africa: The city's police confiscate the phones of motorists caught using the devices while driving. Drivers can reclaim their phones, but if they fail to do so within three months, the city sells or donates them to various causes.
- Ireland: A 2014 Irish law put texting while driving on the same level as drunken driving. Motorists caught texting while driving the first time receive a fine of 1,000 euros (about $1,060 at current exchange rates). Second-time offenders can be hit with a $2,120 fine and up to three months in jail.
- Ontario: The Canadian province has one of Canada's harsher penalties for distracted driving. Motorists convicted of distracted driving can be hit with a fine of up to C$1,000 (about $765 at current exchange rates) and three demerit points on their licenses.
- Qatar: The Middle Eastern country's Ministry of Interior reminded its citizens during the Pokemon Go craze last year that distracted driving carries a fine of about $137. "The end result will be disastrous," the ministry said of playing the game while driving.
- United Kingdom: Under new rules this year, U.K. drivers who use a handheld can receive a fine of up to £200 (about $250 at current exchange rates) and six points on their licenses. Second-time offenders can face a $1,250 fine and a six-month driving ban.
- United Nations: The U.N. has banned its employees from texting while driving its vehicles, and it has urged its member nations to launch campaigns to curb distracted driving.