Is a Citation for Cell Phone use While Driving Considered a Moving Violation?

Answered by

Julian Williams
Julian WilliamsAuto Insurance Analyst

Posted on Feb 06, 2023

Yes, a citation for cell phone use while driving is considered a moving violation. In most states, using a cell phone while driving is a primary offense, meaning you can be pulled over and ticketed for using your phone without any other traffic offense taking place.

Cell phone use while driving can be dangerous and can lead to serious accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and 421,000 people were injured.

If you are pulled over and ticketed for using your cell phone while driving, you will likely have to pay a fine and may also receive points on your driving record.

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