9:45 a.m., Jan. 3, 2011----Motorists are reminded that the use of handheld electronic communication devices while driving is banned in Delaware. The legislation went into effect Jan. 2.
Drivers are not allowed to talk without using a hands-free device, read, write or send text messages, email or use the Internet while operating a motor vehicle.
According to the Delaware State Police, 230 crashes in 2009 involved the use of a cell phone as a distraction. National research shows that drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to cause injury.
For more information, visit the state of Delaware website on distractive driving.