Cell Phone/Mobile Device Laws in Albuquerque
“People are very protective of their cell phones, how it’s used, where it’s used and how much it costs. It has become a very personal issue for a whole lot of people in this country.” – Steve Largent
When it comes to cell phone and mobile device laws in Albuquerque, remember this rule: hands-off!
It’s not illegal to use your cell phone while driving within Albuquerque city limits. It is, however, illegal to drive while holding your cell phone.
That means you can talk on a Bluetooth device, but you cannot dial your phone while driving. The cell phone ban in Albuquerque isn’t a ban at all—it’s only a ban on hand-held devices.
Fines for Cell Phone Use
The ban on hand-held devices also means no texting while driving, or any number of things that can be done on your smart phone. If caught by police, you’ll be required to pay a $100 for the first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses.
Why Follow the Rules?
The above fees are small enough for many people to ignore the ban on hand-held devices in Albuquerque. However, if you are talking or texting when your vehicle is involved in an accident, you are setting yourself up to owe damages that can quickly put your finances under water.
In many cases, talking and texting while driving are considered distracted driving. That means if you are texting prior to an accident, you could be found to be negligent or even reckless and owe money to the other driver—and a minimum payout from your own insurance company. Punitive damages can also be awarded in these instances.
Contact an Attorney
If you were the victim of a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact Berenson & Associates, PC at 505-243-4400 to discuss your case. The first consultation is free.