Three More States (ID, IN, SD) Say Yes to Hands-Free Laws for Drivers

Starting July 1, three more states will be banning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel, unless they’re hands-free.

Idaho, Indiana and South Dakota will join 22 states and the District of Columbia, which already have hands-free laws for all drivers.

Virginia also has passed a similar law, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

More states may be joining them. Hands-free bills are pending in state legislatures in Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, said Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit research group funded by auto insurance companies.