Can You Believe This Practice Is Not Banned Statewide?

Montana is a very unique state in that we don't just follow along with national trends.

Yet, it feels like we might want to get on board with the other 49 states in America when it comes to a certain activity.

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Why Isn't This Activity Illegal In Montana?

While Montana might be leaning pretty conservative lately, we've had a very independent libertarian streak going back many years.

For the most part, Montana residents have had a "don't bother me, I won't bother you" attitude toward the way we created our laws.

So I get why we haven't passed a statewide ban; however, this activity, while not bothering anyone, has the potential to cause harm or even death to those around them.

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Use Of Handheld Cell Phones Is Legal In Certain Places In Montana

That's right Montana is the only state in America without a statewide ban on the use of your cell phone while driving.

There are plenty of cities and even a few counties in Montana that have enacted laws and fines to curb this activity.

There are some that feel a statewide ban won't actually stop anyone from using their cell phone in the car. To that end, I say, I was pulled over about 7 years ago for talking on my cell phone, and the fine was big enough that I went out and got a Bluetooth receiver for my car so I could go hands-free.

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