Montana One of Only Two States That Doesn’t Have This State Law
Driving in Montana is an experience. We see a little bit of everything on our roads. We have mountain passes, plains, highways, dirt roads, cities, and more. We also have an increase in people moving into our state. This will lead to more people on the road, we can also add our tourist season to the mix. We can always hope that people visiting our state will follow the "rules of the road" while here in Montana, but it doesn't always work out that way.
Montana and Mississippi Don't Have this Law Statewide
Recently we highlighted a local Montana artist, Joshua Quick, and his way of educating people about our wonderful state. One of his pieces pointed out that Montana does not have a "distracted driver law". This was surprising to me. With all the "pet peeves" Montanans have for other drivers, not many people mentioned cell phone use. Both Montana and Mississippi don't have a "distracted driving law" on the books. It looks like we haven't caught up to technology yet.
It Doesn't Mean you Can't Get Ticketed in Montana Cities
There area city ordinances in place, depending on where you live. You will have to find out what the local laws are for your city, but when it comes to a statewide law, Montana does not have a law for "distracted driving". As of right now there are no laws about "hand held use, cell phone use, or texting messaging for any drivers."
Most Montana New Cars have the Technology
Most newer cars come with Bluetooth technology to eliminate the use of a hand-held devices or cell phones. If you don't have a newer car, most after-market car stereos these days offer a Bluetooth option, if you want to upgrade and eliminate the need for a cell phone while driving.
For Now Montana doesn't Have The Law
It will only be a matter of time before we get a state-wide law on the books. The 2023 Montana Legislative Session has wrapped up for the year, so it doesn't look like we are going to have a state law for this any time soon.