In New Mexico, which of the following statements about using a cell phone while driving is TRUE?

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  • You may send text messages if you hold an unrestricted driver license.
  • If you must make a call, pull over to the side of the road in a safe place.
  • Slow down to talk on a cell phone.


For drivers who hold unrestricted driver licenses, New Mexico law bans texting but does not ban talking on a handheld cell phone. (Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe are among the cities that have enacted their own local bans.) Still, talking on a handheld cell phone is NOT recommended. Even just dialing, let alone talking, represents a potentially dangerous distraction from safe driving. Pull over to the side of the road to place or take a call whenever possible.

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