Cell Phones and Texting: Distracted Driving Laws in Vermont

Vermont defines distracted driving as anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the primary talk of driving. This means anything that endangers the safety of bystanders, passengers, and drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day in the United States nine people are killed in car accidents that involve distracted drivers.

Texting and driving is illegal in Vermont for drivers of all ages. Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use a portable electronic device. Portable electronic devices include: cell phones, music players, and laptop computers. Drivers over the age of 18 are not allowed to use a handheld electronic device while they are operating a motor vehicle. Drivers over 18 are allowed to use a hands free device to make phone calls.


  • Texting and driving is illegal to drivers of all ages and license status
  • Drivers under 18 years of age are not allowed to use a portable electronic device while driving
  • Drivers over 18 years of age are not allowed to use a handheld electronic device while driving


There are a few exceptions to these laws.

  • Calling or communicating with law enforcement
  • Calling or communicating with emergency service personnel

In Vermont, a driver can be pulled over for violating any of the laws above without having committed any other moving violation, as these are considered a primary laws.

Fines and penalties

  • First offense is $100 with a maximum of $200

  • Second and subsequent offenses are $250 with a maximum of $500 if they happened within a two year period

  • If the violation is committed in a work zone, the driver will receive two points on their license for the first offense

  • If there is a second or subsequent offenses committed in a work zone, the driver will receive five points on their license

Texting and driving is illegal in Vermont. Furthermore, those under 18 years old are prohibited from using a portable electronic device while driving. It is a good idea to use a hands free device while in Vermont for safety reasons and stay within the confines of the law.

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