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Texting and Driving

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Cell Phones and Driving:

As of January 1, 2012, Wyoming had not yet passed a law criminalizing talking on your cell phone while driving (some cities have passed their own laws banning talking and driving).  In 2010, however, legislation did pass banning texting and driving.  It is illegal to drive a vehicle on public streets and highways while texting (writing, sending or reading). The only time texting is allowed is when the vehicle is lawfully parked, or to contact an emergency response vehicle, or to write, read, select or enter a phone number or name in the phone in order to make or receive a phone call, or when using a voice operated/ hands free technology (i.e. Siri). Any person in violation of this is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine up to $75.00.

The text of the law banning texting while driving can be found at:


W. S. 31-5-237: Use of handheld electronic wireless communication devices for electronic messaging prohibited; exceptions; penalties.


Spring 2012 SLS extern Emily Thomas, a University of Wyoming Law student, wrote this section while under the supervision of Student Legal Services. 

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