We all know that there are certain things that you can't do while operating a motor vehicle. Some of it is common sense. For instance, you shouldn't get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

While commuting from Manhattan to Bozeman the past few days, I've noticed something. I've seen a lot of people talking on their cell phones while driving. The state of Montana doesn't have a law that restricts the use of cell phones or electronic devices while you're driving, but that's not the case in Bozeman.

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No person shall use or have in their immediate physical possession a handheld electronic communication device while operating a motor vehicle, motorcycle, quadricycle, or bicycle on a public highway as defined in Sect. 61- 1- 101(27), MCA, within the City limits.

states Bozeman Municipal Code 36.03.275.

That's right! It's illegal to use your cell phone while driving within Bozeman city limits. The law doesn't apply to passengers, only drivers. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I've actually been pulled over in Bozeman while I was on my phone. Fortunately, I was given a warning instead of a ticket.


Getting caught talking on your cell phone while driving in Bozeman can also come with a hefty fine of $100.

The ordinance went into effect in 2012, but it seems like a lot of people could use a reminder. There are a lot of people that are new to the Bozeman area that may not be aware of the law. Honestly, road conditions in Montana are bad enough. There's no need for added distraction.

Click here to view the ordinance.

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