Talking on your cellphone while you drive can certainly lead to distraction and accidents — but having a cellphone in your car can be very useful in an emergency situation.
In almost any state, you may dial 911 for emergencies, but due to the high volume of calls that 911 operators receive, in some cases it might be better to use the phone numbers listed below, particularly to report highway-safety related "non-emergencies." If you have difficulty reaching these numbers, you can always dial "0" to request help.
Some states have special cellphone-only numbers such as *SP (star 77) for State Police or *HP (star 47) for Highway Patrol, to report highway/vehicle related problems. You should use the numbers, below, only to report vehicle breakdowns/problems, accidents, hazardous material spills, or other highway hazards/problems, as well as impaired or aggressive/reckless drivers and other criminal behavior.
Use cellphones safely — be aware of laws which prohibit using cellphones while driving.
While we work to keep this list current, at any point in time, some of the listings (below) may be out of date. Before you travel, as part of your travel/itinerary planning, we'd urge you to check with the state public safety departments (or their websites) on your planned route for updated/current cellphone contact listings.
EXPANDED STATE-BY-STATE LISTINGS
511 —"America's Traveler Information Telephone Number", providing current road conditions & construction/closure information.
About half the states currently have working 511 systems statewide or in some cities/areas. Almost all states have received funding to set up 511 systems.
Click here to visit the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (NHWA) "511" webpage for a state-by-state map/listing of 511 systems.
FHWA's National Traffic and Road Closure Information website.
Oklahoma Road Condtions Map/Information website.
Click HERE for a
state-by-state listing of
Cell Phone Driving Laws.
Click HERE for a state-by-state index of highway safety laws.
Phone numbers for the map/chart (above) were acquired from various state law enforcement agency websites and other online government sources including the NHTSA's Programs Across the United States That Aid Motorists in the Reporting of Impaired Drivers to Law Enforcement, Final Report, March 2007.
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