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.
Mississippi currently has no restrictions on making or receiving calls or talking on a phone while driving.
Mississippi's distracted driving law prohibits all motorists from driving while using a handheld mobile telephone or portable electronic device to:
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:
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.