This list examines the first countries to have banned cell phone usage while driving. When using a hand-held cell phone, drivers remove one hand from the steering wheel to answer their phones. They also take their eyes off the road to pick up and/or search for the phone and to dial a number. This all happens while the driver is operating the vehicle and watching the roads.
The ban was enacted in February of 1998. Like Isle of Man, it is another British crown dependency. It has its own legal and financial systems as well.
Policy was enacted in July of 1998. Handheld equipment is still allowed. Anyone caught will be fined 300 krons.
Japan is much stricter than most countries. It will not allow drivers to even utilize hands-free devices to speak while driving. The ban has been in place since July of 1999.
4. Isle of Man
The law was enforced in July of 2000. This island is a British dependency which is located on the Irish Sea. This law comes into place in a country where there is no national speed limit…well except in built areas.
5. Czech Republic:
Policy was enacted in January of 2001. This affects all those who utilize handheld equipment while driving.
Ban took force in January of 2001. This goes for all handheld devices as there is a risk with physical interference.
Policy was enacted on February 1, 2001. Handheld devices are not permitted for automobile, motorcycle drivers and bicycle riders. 60 DM was a fine given to automobile and motorcycle drivers and 30 DM for bicycle riders. With the change to Euro, it is now 40 euros and 20 euros respectively.
The ban was imposed in March of 2001. Recently the country launched a campaign to stop texting while driving. This campaign is done in conjunction with USA. This is expected to be a global effort.
9. South Korea:
This ban took force in July of 2001. Drivers caught with a handheld device while driving receive a fine of $45 USD + 15 points on their driving record. This law now extends to TVs which are mounted on dashboards.
They have banned all use of cell phones while driving. This includes handheld and hands-free devices. They enacted this law in July of 2001.
There are other countries like Canada, USA, Malaysia, Singapore who have such policies in place. These however are the first ones to bring them to action.