Mississippi’s Cellphone-Use & Texting-While-Driving Laws

Read about Mississippi’s distracted driving law and the costs of a violation.

Mississippi’s distracted driving law prohibits all motorists from text messaging while operating a vehicle. This article covers the specifics of the law and the costs of a texting ticket.

Talking on a Cellphone

Mississippi currently has no restrictions on making or receiving calls or talking on a phone while driving.

Text Messaging and Other Device Use

Mississippi’s distracted driving law prohibits all motorists from driving while using a handheld mobile telephone or portable electronic device to:

  • write, send, or read a text message, or
  • access, read, or post to a social network site.

Text message. For purpose of the distracted driving law, a “text message” includes instant messages, email, and regular text messages.

Exceptions. Mississippi’s texting ban doesn’t apply to:

  • hands-free or voice-operated device use
  • emergency, traffic, and weather alerts, or
  • messages related to the operation or navigation of the vehicle.

Penalties. A texting ticket carries a $100 fine in Mississippi.

Depending on the circumstances, a texting violation could also lead to a reckless driving conviction. And if a texting offense results in the death of another person, vehicular manslaughter charges are a possibility.

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