Washington and California joined the ranks of about 30 other states yesterday banning the use of cellular phones while driving.

The new laws are almost identical in both states, with California having stiffer rules for those under 18 and Washington having a total ban on text messaging too (since Jan 1).

The good lads at Jalopnik did a great break down of the new laws in both states.

>We hate to be the bearers of bad news, California and Washington state, but today, July 1, is the day that a new hands-free driving law goes into effect. Luckily for you, we’re here to break down the new rules and explain what you can and can’t do, along with providing some alternative options. Don’t live in California or Washington? Check out our guide here to see what’s happening in your state.

[ The Facts About California, Washington’s Cell Phone Bans ] Jalopnik.com