Vermont became the 27th state to pass a texting ban after Gov. Jim Douglas signed an anti-texting-while-driving bill into law for all drivers in his state. The law also forbids all cell phone use for drivers up to age 18 and younger.
The new Vermont law, which was effective June 1, prohibits drivers of all ages from texting. It imposes a $100 penalty for the first violation and a $250 penalty for repeat violations that occur within a two-year period.
The law is primary, meaning police officers can stop motorists suspected of this offense alone.