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

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

Wyoming’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

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

Text Messaging

Wyoming’s distracted driving law prohibits all motorists from using a handheld wireless communication device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.

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

  • hands-free or voice-operated device use
  • reading, writing, selecting, or entering a number or name for the purpose of receiving or making a call
  • persons operating emergency response vehicles in the performance of official duties, and
  • device use to contact an emergency response vehicle.

Penalties. A texting violation is a misdemeanor in Wyoming and carries a maximum $75 fine.

Depending on the circumstances, a texting violation could also lead to a reckless or careless driving conviction. And if a texting offense results in the death of another person, “homicide by vehicle” charges are a possibility.

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